Physical Kinetics

Physical Kinetics

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Authors: L. P. Pitaevskii, E.M. Lifshitz, J. B. Sykes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285412

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The approach to physical kinetics is closely integrated with that of other branches of physics as presented in the companion volumes of this series. The major part of the contents is concerned with a systematic development of the theory of plasmas, the authority being firmly rooted in the pioneer work of Landau. Although the main scope concerns fully ionized gaseous plasmas, corresponding results are also given for partially ionized plasmas, relativistic plasmas, degenerate or non-ideal plasmas and solid state plasmas. Problems (with answers) are to be found in the text. This work completes the Course of Theoretical Physics begun over 20 years ago


Final year undergraduates, postgraduates, research workers in theoretical physics and physics

Table of Contents

  • (partial) Preface


    Kinetic theory of gases

    The diffusion approximation

    Collisionless plasmas

    Collisions in plasmas

    Plasmas in magnetic fields

    Instability theory


    Quantum liquids


    The diagram technique for non-equilibrium systems


    Kinetics of phase transitions


Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483285412

About the Authors

L. P. Pitaevskii

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Physical Problems, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR

E.M. Lifshitz

J. B. Sykes

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