Plasma Engineering: Applications from Aerospace to Bio and Nanotechnology

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Academic Press, Mar 6, 2013 - Science - 424 pages
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Plasma Engineering is the first textbook that addresses plasma engineering in the aerospace, nanotechnology, and bioengineering fields from a unified standpoint. It covers the fundamentals of plasma physics at a level suitable for an upper level undergraduate or graduate student, and applies the unique properties of plasmas (ionized gases) to improve processes and performance over a wide variety of areas such as materials processing, spacecraft propulsion, and nanofabrication.

The book starts by reviewing plasma particle collisions, waves, and instabilities, and proceeds to diagnostic tools, such as planar, spherical, and emissive probes, and the electrostatic analyzer, interferometric technique, and plasma spectroscopy. The physics of different types of electrical discharges are considered, including the classical Townsend mechanism of gas electrical breakdown and the Paschen law. Basic approaches and theoretical methodologies for plasma modeling are described, based on the fluid description of plasma solving numerically magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations and the kinetic model particle techniques that take into account kinetic interactions among particles and electromagnetic fields. Readers are then introduced to the widest variety of applications in any text on the market, including space propulsion applications and application of low-temperature plasmas in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The latest original results on cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) applications in medicine are presented. The book includes a large number of worked examples, end of chapter exercises, and historical perspectives. There is also an accompanying plasma simulation software covering the Particle in Cell (PIC) approach, available at http://www.particleincell.com/blog/2011/particle-in-cell-example/.

This book is appropriate for grad level courses in Plasma Engineering/Plasma Physics in departments of Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Physics. It will also be useful as an introduction to plasma engineering and its applications for early career researchers and practicing engineers.

  • The first textbook that addresses plasma engineering in the aerospace, nanotechnology, and bioengineering fields from a unified standpoint
  • Includes a large number of worked examples, end of chapter exercises, and historical perspectives
  • Accompanying plasma simulation software covering the Particle in Cell (PIC) approach, available at http://www.particleincell.com/blog/2011/particle-in-cell-example/
 

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Contents

1 Plasma Concepts
1
2 Plasma Diagnostics
83
3 Electrical Discharges
103
4 Plasma Dynamics
127
5 Plasma in Space Propulsion
173
6 Plasma Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
287
7 Plasma Medicine
359
Physical Constants in SI
415
Index
421
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About the author (2013)

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The George Washington University

Research Activities: Advanced spacecraft propulsion, plasma medicine, bioengineering, plasma-based nanotechnology.

Teaching: thermodynamics, heat transfer, propulsion, plasma engineering

Awards:

2009 Outstanding SEAS Young Researcher Award

2008 elected Associate Fellow, AIAA

2006 Research Faculty Recognition Award by University of Michigan

Professional Memberships:

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow

American Physical Society (APS), Member

International Society of Plasma Medicine (ISPM), Founding Member

Member of AIAA Electric Propulsion Technical Committee (EP)

Founder and Director, Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MpNL)

Steering Committee, Plasma Nanoscience Symposium (iPlasmaNanoSym)

Steering Committee, GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE)

Editorial Board: International Journal of Plasma Science and Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Tel Aviv University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Physical phenomena in high current electrical discharges, at the electrode surface and in

the near electrode plasma

author of over 150 journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 2 patents

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