Plasma Physics
Plasma Physics is the study of a gas of charged particles. A "plasma" is also called the fourth state of matter since its properties are very different from a gas of neutral particles. It is a very exciting subject and has applications in many areas of science and engineering. This is one of the rare subjects which has both the abstraction of pure science and the hard core applications of engineering disciplines.Basic Books on Plasma Physics:
- Introduction to Plasma Theory
Dwight R. Nicholson
- Introduction to Plasma Physics
Francis F. Chen
- Introduction to Plasma Physics: a graduate course
Richard Fitzpatrick
As for the pre-requisites, someone in the higher semesters of undergraduate study can start reading the theory of Plasmas. However, a study of the following subjects can be very helpful and is also essential to a large extent:
- Classical Mechanics
H. Goldstein
- Introduction to Statistical Mechanics
A. M. Vasilyev
- Introduction to Electrodynamics
David J. Griffiths
- Classical Electrodynamics
John David Jackson
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
David J. Griffiths
- Methods of Theoretical Physics
P. M. Morse and H. Feshbach
- Chaos in Dynamical Systems
Edward Ott
- Regular and Chaotic Dynamics
A. J. Lichtenberg and M. A. Lieberman
- Introduction to Turbulence in Fluids and Plasmas
IPP
- Nonlinear Science FAQ
Colorado University
- Complex Variables and Applications
R. V. Churchill and J. W. Brown
- Linear Algebra Done Right
Sheldon Axler
- Principles of Mathematical Analysis
Walter Rudin
- Handbook of Mathematical Functions
M. Abramowitz and I. Stegun
- Numerical Recipes --- The Art of Scientific Computing
W. H. Press, B. P. Flannery, S. A. Teukolsky and W. T. Vetterling
- Nonlinear Oscillations in a Cold Plasma
John M. Dawson
- Exact Nonlinear Plasma Oscillations
Ira B. Bernstein, John M. Greene and Martin Kruskal
[BGK Modes]
- Scattering of Electrons in Ionized Gases
Irving Langmuir
[Langmuir Paradox]
- Oscillations in Ionized Gases
Lewi Tonks and Irving Langmuir
- Stochastic Problems in Physics and Astronomy
S. Chandrasekhar
- Laser Electron Accelerator
T. Tajima and J. M. Dawson
- Electromagnetic Traps for charged and neutral particles
Wolfgang Paul
[Nobel Prize in Physics in the year 1989]
- Asymptotic Theory of Hamiltonian and other Systems with all Solutions Nearly Periodic
Martin Kruskal
- Stochasticity in Classical Hamiltonian Systems
D. F. Escande
- The Soliton: A New Concept in Applied Science
Alwyn C. Scott, F. Y. F. Chu and David W. McLaughlin
- Oscillation Center Quasilinear Theory
R. L. Dewar
- A Guiding Center Hamiltonian: A New Approach
Robert G. Littlejohn
- Electron Magnetohydrodynamics
A. V. Gordeev, A. S. Kingsep and L. I. Rudakov
- Propagation of Ion-Acoustic Solitary Waves of Small Amplitude
H. Washimi and T. Taniuti
A few important journals in Plasma Physics:
- Physics of Plasmas
- Physical Review Letters
- Physical Review E
- Journal of Mathematical Physics
- Chaos
- Nuclear Fusion
- Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
- IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science