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Current research in the field of physics, with a particular focus on atomic molecular and optical physics, as well as cryogenics and photonic crystals. Topics discussed include pulse structuring in laser-light dynamics; excitation of atoms and ions by electron impact; Fiber Bragg Gratings and their applications as temperature and humidity sensors; liquid oxygen magnetohydrodynamics; cryogenic treatment and fatigue resistance; cryogenic grinding; fabrication and applications of polymer photonic crystals; physics of photonic crystal couplers and their applications and a photonic band gap for quasicrystal-related structures.
Introduces the essentials of classical physics, briefly points out its place in the history of physics and its relation to modern physics, and explains what benefits can be gained from a mathematical perspective. As a starting point, Newtonian mechanics is introduced and its limitations are discussed. This leads to and motivates the study of different formulations of classical mechanics, such as Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, which are the subjects of later chapters. In the second part, a chapter on classical field theories introduces more advanced material. Numerous exercises are collected in the appendix.
Based on a series of university course lectures by a leading name in the field, and thoroughly covers the physics of the fourth state of matter. Provides a concise and cohesive introduction to plasma physics theory, and offers a solid foundation for students wishing to take higher level courses in plasma physics. The author provides an in-depth discussion of the various fluid theories typically used in plasma physics. The material presents a number of applications, and works through specific topics including basic plasma parameters, the theory of charged particle motion in inhomogeneous electromagnetic fields, plasma fluid theory, electromagnetic waves in cold plasmas, electromagnetic wave propagation through inhomogeneous plasmas, magnetohydrodynamical fluid theory, and kinetic theory.
An overview of the fundamental principles of electrodynamics. Biographical notes on several scientists, including Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz, and André Marie Ampère. The book is comprised of four parts encompassing 38 chapters. Part One explains Maxwell's equation as an axiomatic basis, in the coordinates and in differential form, but in integral form. Part Two discusses the various classes of phenomena in stationary, quasi-stationary, static, and rapidly variable fields. It also distinguishes between summation and boundary-value problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics. Part Three presents the four-dimensional form of electrodynamics as the basic introduction to the theory of relativity. It also considers the fundamental link between the dynamics of the individual electron and Maxwell's theory. Finally, Part Four deals with the electrodynamics of moving media.
A thorough, self-contained and highly readable account of a subject many students find difficult. The author's clear and systematic style promotes a good understanding of the subject: each concept is motivated and illustrated by worked examples, while problem sets provide plenty of practice for understanding and technique. The book is structured to make learning the subject easy; there is a natural progression from core topics to more advanced ones and hard topics are treated with particular care. A theme of the book is the importance of conservation principles. These appear first in vectorial mechanics where they are proved and applied to problem solving. They reappear in analytical mechanics, where they are shown to be related to symmetries of the Lagrangian, culminating in Noether's theorem.
Introduces engineering thermodynamics, covering concepts including energy, entropy, equilibrium and reversibility. Presents abstract ideas in an easy to understand manner. Includes solved examples and end of chapter problems.
Alongside a thorough definition of basic concepts and their interrelations, backed by numerous examples, this textbook features a rare discussion of quantum mechanics and information theory combined in one text. It deals with important topics hardly found in regular textbooks, including the Robertson-Schrodinger relation, incompatibility between angle and angular momentum, "dispersed indeterminacy", interaction-free measurements, "submissive quantum mechanics", and many others.