Extreme States of Matter: High Energy Density Physics

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Springer, Dec 26, 2015 - Science - 700 pages
With its many beautiful colour pictures, this book gives fascinating insights into the unusual forms and behaviour of matter under extremely high pressures and temperatures. These extreme states are generated, among other things, by strong shock, detonation and electric explosion waves, dense laser beams, electron and ion beams, hypersonic entry of spacecraft into dense atmospheres of planets and in many other situations characterized by extremely high pressures and temperatures. Written by one of the world's foremost experts on the topic, this book will inform and fascinate all scientists dealing with materials properties and physics and also serve as an excellent introduction to plasma-, shock-wave and high-energy-density physics for students and newcomers seeking an overview. This second edition is thoroughly revised and expanded, in particular with new material on high energy-density physics, nuclear explosions and other nuclear transformation processes.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Classification of States
7
3 High Energy Densities in Laboratories
23
4 Extreme States in a Nuclear Explosion
91
5 HighPower Lasers in HighEnergyDensity Physics
167
6 Relativistic Charged Particle Beams
276
7 Technical Applications of the Physics of High Energy Densities
403
8 Nuclear Transformations Under Strong Compression
465
9 High Energy Densities in Planets and Stars
505
10 High Energy Densities Outside of Compact Astrophysical Objects
591
11 Conclusion
699
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Vladimir E. Fortov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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