Magnetohydrodynamics of Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas

TitleMagnetohydrodynamics of Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJ.P Goedbloed, R. Keppens, S. Poedts
Number of Pages974
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, UK
ISBN Number9781316403679

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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