Introductory Transport Theory for Charged Particles in Gases

Introductory Transport Theory for Charged Particles in Gases

By: Robert E. Robson (author)Hardback

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Many areas of physics research depend upon a good physical understanding of charged particle transport processes in gases, a statement which is as true now as it was in the early part of the last century, when modern physics was taking shape. Gas lasers, multi-wire drift chambers used in high energy particle detectors, muon-catalysed fusion in hydrogen and its isotopes and low-temperature plasma processing technology are just a few examples of experiments and processes in which electrons, ions or muons play a key role. The macroscopic properties of these non-equilibrium systems can best be found by averaging microscopic collision properties over a velocity distribution function, calculated from solution of Boltzmann's kinetic equation, using recently developed techniques. This is the realm of the modern kinetic theory of gases, and is the theme of this book.

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Robert Robson is presently Chief Operations Officer for the Centre for Antimatter-Matter studies at the Australian National University, and is Adjunct Professor of Physics at James Cook University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Royal Meteorological Society. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany, held the Hitachi Chair of Electrical Engineering at Japan's Keio University, and was recently Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma. Apart from science, his main interests are in the game of cricket. His home is on Coochiemudlo Island, near Brisbane.


Foundations: Introduction to Part I; Basic Concepts; Boltzmann Collision Integral; Dilute Charged Particles in Gases; Macroscopic Transport Theory: Introduction to Part II; Moment Equations: Elastic Collisions; Moment Equations: Inelastic Collisions; Moment Equations: Reactive Effects; Solutions of the Kinetic Equations: Introduction to Part III; Electrons in Finite Geometry, Variational Technique; An Exactly Solvable Model; Numerical Solution of Boltzmann's Equation.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/08/2006
  • ISBN13: 9789812700117
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9789812700117
  • weight: 481
  • ISBN10: 9812700110

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