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Magnetohydrodynamics of Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas

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  • Authors:
  • Hans Goedbloed, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
  • Rony Keppens, Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, KU Leuven
  • Stefaan Poedts, Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, KU Leuven
  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108667630

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  • With ninety per cent of visible matter in the universe existing in the plasma state, an understanding of magnetohydrodynamics is essential for anyone looking to understand solar and astrophysical processes, from stars to accretion discs and galaxies; as well as laboratory applications focused on harnessing controlled fusion energy. This introduction to magnetohydrodynamics brings together the theory of plasma behavior with advanced topics including the applications of plasma physics to thermonuclear fusion and plasma- astrophysics. Topics covered include streaming and toroidal plasmas, nonlinear dynamics, modern computational techniques, incompressible plasma turbulence and extreme transonic and relativistic plasma flows. The numerical techniques needed to apply magnetohydrodynamics are explained, allowing the reader to move from theory to application and exploit the latest algorithmic advances. Bringing together two previous volumes: Principles of Magnetohydrodynamics and Advanced Magnetohydrodynamics, and completely updated with new examples, insights and applications, this volume constitutes a comprehensive reference for students and researchers interested in plasma physics, astrophysics and thermonuclear fusion.

    • All analysis is explicitly worked out in the text, allowing students to derive results themselves
    • Modern insights from astrophysical research and laboratory fusion are presented together with the theory, allowing the reader to appreciate how magnetohydrodynamics cuts across disciplines
    • Provides cross-fertilisation of knowledge between scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, solar physics, laboratory plasma physics and computational fluid dynamics
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108667630
    • contains: 228 b/w illus. 100 colour illus. 11 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Plasma Physics Preliminaries:
    1. Introduction
    2. Elements of plasma physics
    3. 'Derivation' of the macroscopic equations
    Part II. Basic Magnetohydrodynamics:
    4. The MHD model
    5. Waves and characteristics
    6. Spectral theory
    Part III. Standard Model Applications:
    7. Waves and instabilities of inhomogeneous plasmas
    8. Magnetic structures and dynamics of the solar system
    9. Cylindrical plasmas
    10. Initial value problem and wave damping
    11. Resonant absorption and wave heating
    Part IV. Flow and Dissipation:
    12. Waves and instabilities of stationary plasmas
    13. Shear flow and rotation
    14. Resistive plasma dynamics
    15. Computational linear MHD
    Part V. Toroidal Geometry:
    16. Static equilibrium of toroidal plasmas
    17. Linear dynamics of static toroidal plasmas
    18. Linear dynamics of toroidal plasmas with flow
    Part VI. Nonlinear Dynamics:
    19. Turbulence in incompressible magneto-fluids
    20. Computational nonlinear MHD
    21. Transonic MHD flows and shocks
    22. Ideal MHD in special relativity
    Appendices: A. Vectors and coordinates
    B. Tables of physical quantities

  • Authors

    Hans Goedbloed, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
    Hans Goedbloed is Advisor of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), and Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Plasma Physics at Utrecht University. He has been a visiting scientist at laboratories in the Soviet Union, the United States, Brazil and Europe. He has taught at Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Amsterdam Free University and Utrecht University. For many years he coordinated an interdisciplinary and largescale computational effort with the Dutch Science Organisation on 'Fast Changes in Complex Flows.'

    Rony Keppens, Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, KU Leuven
    Rony Keppens is Professor and Division Chair at the Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He headed numerical plasma dynamics teams at FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics 'Rijnhuizen' (now DIFFER) and Leuven and frequently lectures on computational methods in astrophysics. His career started at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, and the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg. He held a professorship at Utrecht University and a concurrent professorship at Nanjing University. His expertise ranges from solar to high energy astrophysics and includes parallel computing and grid-adaptivity.

    Stefaan Poedts, Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, KU Leuven
    Stefaan Poedts is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, a senior researcher at the FOM-Institute for plasma physics 'Rijnhuizen', and research associate at the Centre for mathematical Plasma-Astrophysics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research interests include solar physics, space weather, thermonuclear fusion, MHD (in)stability, and multi-fluid modelling. He teaches basic math courses, and advanced courses on plasma physics of the Sun and numerical simulation.

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