An introduction to the Atomic and Radiation Physics of Plasmas

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Plasmas comprise more than 99 per cent of the observable universe. They are important in many technologies and are potential sources for fusion power. Atomic and radiation physics is critical for the diagnosis, observation and simulation of astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, and plasma physicists working in a range of areas from astrophysics, magnetic fusion and inertial fusion utilise atomic and radiation physics to interpret measurements. This book develops the physics of emission, absorption and interaction of light in astrophysics and in laboratory plasmas from first principles, using the physics of various fields of study, including quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and statistical physics. Linking undergraduate-level atomic and radiation physics with the advanced material required for postgraduate study and research, the text adopts a highly pedagogical approach and includes numerous exercises within each chapter to reinforce students’ understanding of key concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, U.K.
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages341
ISBN (Electronic)9781108419543
ISBN (Print)9781108419543
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2018

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