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Suplee, Curt
The plasma universe / Curt Suplee ; edited by Amitava Bhattacharjee ; designed by Kristi Donahue
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2009
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 4th Floor  QC718 .S85 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Plasma (Ionized gases)
Physical Description xii, 76 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes index
Contents 1. Fourth State of Matter -- Same But Different -- What's In a Name? -- Irving Langmuir -- Forces and Feedbacks -- 2. Music and Dance of Plasmas -- Langmuir Waves (plasma oscillations) -- Alfven Waves Down the Line -- Rough Ride from the Sun -- Hannes Alfven -- 3. Sun-Earth Connection -- Lighting Up the Solar System -- Spots, Loops, and Lariats of Fire -- New Views of the Sun -- Blast from the Mass -- Mighty Wind -- Eugene N. Parker -- 4. Bringing the Sun to Earth: The Story of Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion -- Magnetic Bottles -- Fusion by Light -- Just a Pinch -- Marshall Rosenbluth -- 5. Cosmic Plasma Theater: Galaxies, Stars, and Accretion Discs -- Shaping Up -- Going to Extremes -- Discs and Holes -- Jet Propulsion -- In the Firing Line -- 6. Putting Plasmas to Work -- Plasma to Read By -- Walls of Light -- Withdrawal and Deposits -- Plasmas and Human Health -- When Push Comes to Shove
Note Plasma physics is the fascinating science behind lightning bolts, fluorescent lights, solar flares, ultra-bright TV screens, fusion reactors, cosmic jets and black hole radiation, to name but a few examples. This book reveals for the first time the exciting world of plasma physics to a non-technical audience
Alternate Author Bhattacharjee, A. (Amitava), 1955-
Donahue, Kristi

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