Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics - Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics (Paperback)
  • Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics - Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics (Paperback)

Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics - Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics (Paperback)

Paperback 396 Pages / Published: 17/07/1997
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A self-contained introduction to magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), with emphasis on nonlinear processes. Chapters 2 to 4 outline the conventional aspects of MHD theory, magnetostatic equilibrium and linear stability theory, which form a natural basis for the topics in the subsequent chapters. The main part, chapters 5 to 7, presents nonlinear theory, starting with the evolutions and saturations of individual ideas and resistive instabilities, continuing with a detailed analysis of magnetic reconnection, and concluding with the most complex nonlinear behaviour, that of MHD turbulence. The last chapters describe three important applications of the theory: disruptive processes in tokamaks, MHD effects in reversed-field pinches, and solar flares. In the presentation the focus is more on physical mechanisms than on special formalisms. The book is essential reading for researchers and graduate students interested in MHD processes both in laboratory and in astrophysical plasmas.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521599184
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 248 x 174 x 23 mm

'The book is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of everyone in need of a readable introduction into the nonlinear aspects of MHD and therefore the affordable paperback edition is to be welcomed.' Thomas Neukirch, Solar Physics
'... a careful and comprehensive guide to some of the most fascinating of plasma processes. ... These are fairly new and radidly-evolving subjects and it is hard to think of another book that covers them at this level.' Moira Jardine, Observatory
'... sets a very high standard; it is likely to become a standard reference on the subject for many years to come.' Journal of Fluid Mechanics
'... an admirably clear introduction to the field but should also serve as an authoritative reference work.' M. A. Raadu, Space Science Reviews
'... very clearly written, and can be recommended to any graduate-level student with the necessary background in electromagnetism who requires an introduction to current research in this field. I would regard it as one of the most important books to have been published recently in the general area of plasma physics, and I expect it to become a standard reference which is not likely to be superseded for some time.' R. A. Cairns, Contemporary Physics
"This interplay among theory, experiment and simulation is the most interesting feature of this excellent book....[I]t contains among the best reviews of reconnection and MHD turbulence I have read....[A] well-written book that would be highly valuable to anyone working in laboratory or space plasmas....[I]t presents a clear description of current areas of research, with the emphasis always on the physics of the phenomenon." Spiro K. Antiochos, Physics Today
"...covers a huge amount of material...densely packed with information and broad in scope...very excellent monograph for investigators in the field of plasma physics and controlled fusion. It pushes to the limits of what is known in the field. Biskamp is able to make sweeping statements with authority, backed up by a commanding knowledge of theory, simulation, and experiment." Glenn Bateman, American Scientist
"This book is a very valuable contribution to the existing literature, because it provides much needed physical guidance into the complicated and exciting world of MHD theory." Alexander Lifschitz, Mathematical Reviews

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