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The First State of Matter

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107037571

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  • Most astronomers believe that the universe began about 15 billion years ago when an explosion led to its expansion and cooling. The present state of the universe compels us to believe that the universe was extremely hot and dense in its infancy. In the beginning there was intense radiation. The photons produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter and a plasma soup of particles and antiparticles was present. Plasma is the first state of matter from which all the other states originated. This book discusses the diversity of cosmic and terrestrial plasmas found in the early universe, galactic and intergalactic media, stellar atmospheres, interstellar spaces, the solar system and the Earth's ionosphere, and their observability with the most recent telescopes such as the Chandra X-ray telescope and gamma ray telescopes. It deals with different ways of creating plasmas such as thermal, pressure and radiative ionization for laboratory and cosmic plasmas.

    • Includes laboratory plasmas and their applications in life and industry
    • Discusses different methods of forming plasmas
    • Analyses symbiotic relation between plasmas and radiation
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    "This survey of the full range of plasma science is consistent and uniform throughout, making it an excellent intermediate-level course text. These lecture materials were clearly refined over many years of teaching and are accompanied by carefully selected end-of-chapter problems. Overall, this would be a valuable resource for a first course in plasma physics."
    T. Eastman, Choice

    "… this book represents a lively and instructive discourse on reasonably-well-trodden subject matter from someone with a refreshing and distinctive voice."
    The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107037571
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 161 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. The plasma universe
    2. Plasma basics
    3. Plasma confinement
    4. The waving plasmas
    5. The radiating plasmas
    6. Supplementary matter
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  • Author

    Vinod Krishan, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India
    Vinod Krishan is Visiting Professor at the Raman Research Institute. She was previously Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, and has held visiting positions at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, INPE, Brazil, the University of Tokyo and Nagoya University. Her major research interests are in the areas of space and astrophysical plasmas.

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