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text 2017-07-24 09:20
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 250 pages.
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics - Claudio ... Basics of Plasma Astrophysics - Claudio Chiuderi,Marco Velli

Looks like a fairly standard intro to plasma physics with some more advanced topics at the back.

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review 2017-07-24 08:54
Plasma Physics, R.A. Cairns
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

This makes a good second book on plasma physics - Chen's Introduction to Plasma Physics has yet to be beaten as a first book on the subject in my experience. But Cairns provides a good reference on the basics of a wide variety of theoretical approaches, phenomena, experimental methods and applications in plasma physics, admittedly requiring a much greater mathematical knowledge than Chen, but without being terrifying like Ichimaru's "Basic" Principles of Plasma Physics, which is anything but basic. A minor irritation is Cairns' use of the informal "goes as" for "proportional to." Not sure why it winds me up so, given I know perfectly well what he means.

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text 2017-07-21 09:26
Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Earth's magnetosphere and the sun; in this cursory overview many unsolved problems are not mentioned but I think the point of this chapter is just to show the variety and interest of applications of plasma physics, in which case, it's a success.
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text 2017-07-20 09:25
Reading progress update: I've read 166 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

The final chapter is on applications. This means fusion reactors and "space physics"; what he really means is naturally occurring plasmas, which, since they constitute ~99% of "normal" matter, makes them of great scientific interest.

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text 2017-07-19 09:32
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 244 pages.
Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns Plasma physics - R.A. Cairns

A brief excursion into the realms of plasma instrumentation - exactly how does one measure what the density, temperature or electromagnetic field is in a plasma? Fairly superficial coverage but better than nothing.

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