Elementary Plasma Physics – Arzimovich

In this post, we will see the book Elementary Plasma Physics
by Lev A. Arzimovich.

About the book

Plasma physics, the study of highly ionized gases, possesses exceedingly interesting properties that are being increasingly applied to the solution of important problems of modern technology and applied sciences. Thus the basic properties of plasma are of major interest to the general reader. However, most present-day books employ extremely complex mathematical tools and require a good preparation in modern theoretical physics.

This book attempts to interpret the fundamentals of plasma physics in a manner understandable to a reader with a highschool knowledge of mathematics and physics. This does not imply, however, that the material is presented in a predigested form—for assimilation without thought. The book discusses not only the various plasma processes but also the methods of analysis of such processes. By becoming familiar with these methods, the reader will be able to attain a genuine understanding of the physical significance of the phenomena involved.


Lev A. Arzimovich is the Director of the Plasma Physics Division of the Institute for Atomic Energy in Moscow. In this job he has assumed the position of the late Dr. Kurchatov who was, until his death a few years ago, considered one of the world’s leading authorities on thermonuclear problems.

Academician Arzimovich is a full member of the Academy of Sciences (U.S.S.R.) and a member of its Presidium. He is the foremost Soviet plasma physicist and one of the acknowledged world authorities in this field.

Translated from the Russian by Scripta Technica

The book was published in 1965.

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