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This foundational survey of plasma physics served as a standard text throughout the 1960s and 70s, and remains a valuable source of historic content. An edited collection of papers by some of the pioneering experts in the field, the collection includes Klimontovich's article on quantum plasmas, Buneman's writings on attenuating and amplifying waves, and Yoler's review of magnetohydrodynamics.
James E. Drummond established and headed Boeing Aerospace's Plasma Physics Laboratory. His tenure there, from 1958 to 1973, was the longest of his professional life and in many ways the pinnacle of his career.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Spectra of Systems of Interacting Particles 3. Statistical Mechanics of Reversible Processes in Plasma Dynamics 4. Amplifying and Evanescent Waves, Convective and Nonconvective Instabilities 5. How to Distinguish between Attenuating and Amplifying Waves 6. A Review of Magnetohydrodynamics 7. The Bennet Pinch 8. Stability of Relativistic Self-focusing Streams 9. Electrical Properties of High-altitude Ionized Shock Waves 10. Transverse Plasma Waves and Plasma Vortices 11. Plasma Power Absorption 12. Microwave Diagnostics for Controlled Fusion 13. Plasma Magnetron Theory 14. Plasma Physics Research at M.I.T. Name Index Subject Index