Publication Date: May 01, 2017
Binding: Kobo eBook
Kappa Distributions: Theory and Applications in Plasmas presents the theoretical developments of kappa distributions, their applications in space plasmas, and how they affect the underpinnings of our understanding of space and plasma physics, astrophysics, and statistical mechanics--thermodynamics. As such, this book is ideal for geophysicists, especially those interested in space and planetary science, particularly space plasma and upper earth atmosphere.
The book is separated into three major parts, theoretical methods, analytical methods in plasmas, and applications in space plasmas. The first part of the book focuses on basic aspects of the theory of kappa distributions, beginning with the connection of kappa distributions with solid statistical backgrounds, hence the non-extensive statistical mechanics.
The book then moves on to plasma physics, and is devoted to analytical methods related to kappa distributions on various basic plasma topics, spanning linear/nonlinear plasma waves, solitons, shockwaves, and dusty plasmas. The final part of the book deals with applications in space plasmas, focusing on applications of theoretical and analytical developments in space plasmas from the heliosphere and beyond.