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5. NEW TEXT BOOK "ADVANCED SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS" BY R. A. TREUMANN
& W. BAUMJOHANN
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From: bj@mpecl.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de (Wolfgang Baumjohann)
This new textbook book is the second volume of our introductory text on Space
Plasma Physics. The first volume is published by W. Baumjohann & R. A. Treumann
under the title "Basic Space Plasma Physics" (Imperial College Press, London
1996) and covers the more fundamental aspects, i.e., single particle dynamics,
fluid equilibria, and waves in space plasmas. This second volume extends the
material to the more advanced fields of plasma instabilities and nonlinear
effects, especially those encountered in space plasma physics.
The first part of the book is concerned with the evolution of linear
instabilities in plasmas. Inhomogeneities may evolve both in real space and in
velocity space. These inhomogeneities lead to the generation of instabilities
as a first linear and straightforward reaction of the plasma to such deviations
from thermal equilibrium. The first chapters cover a representative selection
of the many macro- and microinstabilities in space plasmas, from the
Rayleigh-Taylor and Kelvin-Helmholtz to electrostatic and electromagnetic
kinetic instabilities. Their quasilinear stabilization and nonlinear evolution
and their application to space physics problems is treated.
As a natural extension of the linear evolution, nonlinear effects do inevitably
evolve in an unstable plasma, simply because an instability cannot persist
forever but will exhaust the available free energy. Therefore all instabilities
are followed by nonlinear evolution. The second part of the book, the chapters
on nonlinear effects, can only give an overview about the vast field of
nonlinearities. These chapters include the nonlinear evolution of single waves,
weak turbulence, and strong turbulence, all presented from the view-point of
their relevance for space plasma physics. Special topics include soliton
formation, caviton collapse, anomalous transport, particle acceleration, and
elements of the theory of collisionless shocks.
Contents: Introduction; Concept of Instability; Macroinstabilities;
Electrostatic & Electromagnetic Instabilities; Drift Instabilities;
Reconnection; Wave-Particle Interaction; Weak Wave Turbulence; Nonlinear Waves;
Strong Turbulence; Collective Effects (392 pages).
Readership: researchers and graduates in plasma physics and space physics
Imperial College Press, London 1997, ISBN 1-86094-026-9, price US$68/UK#49
For further information see: http://www.mpe-garching.mpg.de/bj/aspp.html