This article is from the Fusion FAQ, by Robert F. Heeter heeter1@llnl.gov with numerous contributions by others.

(focus is on the science of plasmas, rather than engineering of

reactors)

* Chen, Francis F. _Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled

Fusion, vol 1._ [421 p.] Plenum Publishing Corporation. 2nd

edition, 1984.

Intuitive (vs. mathematically rigorous) general plasma physics

text. Chapters on single-particle motion, MHD, waves, diffusion &

resistivity, equilibrium & stability, kinetic theory, nonlinear

effects. IMHO, frequently used as an undergraduate / basic

graduate text. "It provides all the plasma physics you could

need. However, like the title states, it is an INTRODUCTORY text.

Sometimes, the physical descriptions are not very rigorous, almost

too simple." - Robert Buckles

Level: Junior/Senior Undergraduate

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

[Albert Chou, albert@seas.ucla.edu]

[Robert Buckles, buckles@cae.wisc.edu]

* Hazeltine, RD, and Meiss, JD, _Plasma Confinement_ [411 p.]

(Addison Wesley, 1992)

Confinement-oriented approach to plasma physics, largely

fusion-oriented, tending towards theoretical as opposed to

experimental topics (from the intro). Chapters on Equilibrium

of confined plasmas, Kinetic description, Coulomb collisions,

Fluid Description, Stability of confinement, Collisional

transport, Nonlinear processes. "I know Chen's book pretty

well, Miyamoto's less well. Both are inferior to Hazeltine

and Meiss..." - Bruce Scott

Level: Graduate or advanced undergraduate.

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

[Bruce Scott, bds@hagar.ph.utexas.edu]

* Ichimaru, S. _Statistical Plasma Physics_ [2 volumes]

Addison-Wesley. 1992.

First volume treats plasma theory from statistical-kinetic

point of view as an extension/application of statistical

mechanics.

Graduate level.

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

* Krall, N., and Trivelpiece, A.. _Principles of Plasma Physics._

[674 p.] San Francisco Press, 1986.

Comprehensive introductory text for graduate students. Chapters

on basic concepts and terminology, fluid/MHD models,

statistical/kinetic models, waves, stability, transport. Readers

should be forewarned that the book was published around the few

years when the fusion program in the US took a serious downturn

and thus is seriously out of date concerning "current"

experiments.

Graduate level.

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

[Albert Chou, albert@seas.ucla.edu]

* Miyamoto, Kenro. _Plasma physics for nuclear fusion._ [640 p.]

MIT Press. 1989.

This is another general plasma physics textbook, angled

towards the fusion applications. Major sections on introductory

material, MHD, Kinetic descriptions, and "Heating,

Diagnostics, and Confinement."

Graduate or senior undergraduate Level.

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu]

* Nicholson, Dwight R. _Introduction to Plasma Theory._ [292 p.]

John Wiley and Sons. 1983.

Introductory plasma physics textbook, emphasis on theory, not

meant to be used as a reference. Contents, in order:

Introduction, Single-Particle Motion, Kinetic Theory

(3 chapters with progressively more approximations),

Vlasov Equation, Fluid Equations, MHD, Discrete Particle

Effects, Weak Turbulence Theory.

Beginning graduate / advanced undergraduate level.

[Robert F. Heeter, rfheeter@phoenix.princeton.edu.]

* Rose, DJ, and Clark, M, Jr, _Plasmas and Controlled Fusion_

(MIT, 1961)

"For those who want a good dose of some plasma physics aspects

and a little less reactor technology, Rose and Clark is better

than Kammash (also for those like me who are familiar with the

physics and want a really basic intro to the engineering aspects).

Unfortunately it is pre-tokamak, so the methods and _basic_

calculations involved in things like induction emf fields are

not present." - Bruce Scott

[Bruce Scott, bds@hagar.ph.utexas.edu]

* Schmidt, George. _Physics of high temperature plasmas._ Academic

Press. 1979.

An advanced graduate text, I believe. I've looked at it, but

not in great depth. A good reference, I think.

Level: Advanced Graduate

[Albert Chou, albert@seas.ucla.edu]

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