This book is a brief introduction to plasma physics.
The book is divided into two parts, focusing initially on molecular collisions,
before moving on to examine the physical description of plasmas as a system of
interacting particles. Basic concepts are introduced in a simple way and
mathematical developments and demonstrations are covered thoroughly. The
fundamental processes in a plasma at the atomic and molecular level are
discussed, with updated experimental data sets provided. Each chapter concludes
with references and commentaries for further insight in the essential points.
Two important applications of plasma physics in aerospace technology are
introduced in the last chapters: the electric propulsion in space and
low-pressure microwave electric discharges, currently denominated multipactor
and corona. The book is for master and undergraduate courses in aerospace
engineering and physics. It is also aimed at both non-specialists and
professionals involved in laboratory testing for space qualification.
- Self contained introduction to plasma physics
- Covers molecular processes and interactions of particles as a system
- Written for master and undergraduate courses
Luis Conde is works at the Department of Applied Physics at the
Polytechnic University of Madrid. His
current interests are basic plasma physics, plasma diagnostics and plasma
thrusters for space propulsion.