Plasma Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation

Theory and Measurement Techniques


  • John Sheffield
  • Dustin Froula
  • Siegfried H. Glenzer
  • Neville C. Luhmann, Jr.

This work presents one of the most powerful methods of plasma diagnosis in exquisite detail, to guide researchers in the theory and measurement techniques of light scattering in plasmas. Light scattering in plasmas is essential in the research and development of fusion energy, environmental solutions, and electronics.

Referred to as the "Bible" by researchers, the work encompasses fusion and industrial applications essential in plasma research. It is the only comprehensive resource specific to the plasma scattering technique. It provides a wide-range of experimental examples and discussion of their principles with worked examples to assist researchers in applying the theory.
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Researchers and graduate students in the plasma area inertial fusion and magnetic fusion, high energy density science, and aerospace; scientists; physicists; electrical and nuclear engineers; chemists.


Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374877-5


"I expect that the revised version of the original book of John Sheffield will be used as a standard text book for students and for researchers (especially diagnosticians) in a very wide field of plasma applications (going from low temperature industrial plasmas, via high temperature fusion plasmas to ultra-dense plasmas used in inertial fusion). The balance between theory (and the accompanying mathematics) and the description of experimental applications is very good. I enjoyed reading the book (but didn’t have time yet to solve all problems on my own without sneaking in the solutions). I will certainly use the book in my courses for Master and Graduate students, and I warmly recommend it to anyone working in the field of scattering of radiation in plasmas."--Fusion Science & Technology

Table of Contents

1.Introduction; 2.Scattered Power Spectrum; 3.Scattering Spectrum from a Low-Temperature Plasma; 4.Incoherent Scattering from a Low-Temperature Plasma; 5.Constraints on Scattering Experiments; 6.Optical Systems; 7. Scattering from a Low-Temperature Stable Plasma, B=0: Experiment; 8. Scattering for a Magnetized Plasma; 9. Scattering from a High-Temperature Plasma; 10. Scattering from Warm Dense Plasma; 11. Scattering from Unstable Plasma; Appendices: A. Mathematical Methods; B. Kinetic Theory of a Plasma; C. Computational Techniques; D. Review of Work On Scattering of Radiation from Plasmas; E. Physical Constants and Formulas