- I Nonlinear Effects and Plasma Physics -- II Weak Nonlinearities in Cold Plasma -- III Nonlinear Interaction of Three Wave Packets -- IV Induced Processes in Plasma -- V General Characteristics and Applications of Decay Processes in Plasma -- VI Induced Emission of Waves by Plasma Particles -- VII Induced Scattering of Waves by Plasma Particles -- VIII Induced Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves in an Isotropic Plasma -- IX Some Applications of Induced Wave Scattering in Plasma -- X Current Trends in Research on Nonlinear Effects in Plasma -- Appendix 1 Derivation of the Nonlinear Equations for Slowly Varying Amplitudes of the Interacting Fields -- Appendix 2 Averaging of the Nonlinear Equations over the Phases of the Interacting Waves -- Appendix 3 General Method for Calculating the Probabilities of the Decay, Emission, and Scattering of Waves -- Appendix 4 Methods of Calculating the Nonlinear Dispersion Characteristics of a Plasma -- Literature Cited in the Appendices.
- For some time now there has been an interest in the nop. linear interaction of electromagnetic waves in plasma [1,2]. But only in the last few years has the theory of nonlinear wave inter action effects undergone such vigorous development as to result in the formulation of clear phYSical concepts regarding the mech anisms of interaction. This development has been engendered by attempts to solve many of the plasma-physical problems accom panying the tremendous growth of experimental research . The importance of nonlinear effects in modern plasma physics is dis cussed in detail in Chap. I. At this point we merely stress the fact that today the analysis of nonlinear effects is a practical ne cessity in any experiment involving plasma instabilities. We should also point out that plasma instabilities can assert them selves extensively in solids (solid state plasma) and play an im portant part in the study of cosmic plasma. Consequently, the problems of nonlinear wave interaction in plasma are of concern to those working in widely different areas of physics. Yet it is difficult to assimilate the results of investigations on nonlinear effects, owing to the complicated way in which the results of orig inal research are presented. In the present book the author hopes in some measure to fill the need for a text on the physics of non linear effects that is accessible to a fairly general audience.
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