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New book edited by Stevens professor favorably reviewed

Contemporary Physics recommends book to plasma scientists and engineers

Stevens Institute of Technology

The book, Non-equilibrium Air Plasmas at Atmospheric Pressure (IOP Publishing, Bristol, UK, 2004), edited by Stevens Institute of Technology physics professor Kurt H. Becker (with U. Kogelschatz, K.H. Schoenbach, and R.J Barker), with sections co-authored by Erich E. Kunhardt, physics professor and Dean of Stevens' School of Sciences and Arts, was recently reviewed in the journal, Contemporary Physics. The reviewer, Professor J. Bradley (University of Manchester, UK), enthusiastically recommends this book, which is part of the Series in Plasma Physics, to all plasma scientists and engineers working in high- and low-pressure plasmas. His review is below:

"As a low-temperature plasma physicist wishing to learn more about the high pressure plasma environment and in particular the underlying physical and chemical principles of air discharges at atmospheric pressure, I approached this book with some anticipation and keen interest. I was not disappointed.

"This book provides an in-depth and authorities review of atmospheric pressure air plasmas, ranging from the development of the plasma kinetic equations to descriptions of their applications to industry. With expert authors drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, the book is beautifully detailed, including in each chapter a large number of highly relevant and well-chosen references.

"The well-balanced and logical structure of the book allows one to easily jump in to a particular area, however it can be read from cover to cover (as I did) and still hold the interest throughout. The in-depth material is well suited to the specialist scientist or engineer, but the clear layout and good explanations allow it to be used as a teaching reference. "The material provides not only a must for the scientist working in atmospheric air plasmas, but is also relevant to those involved in the study or development of other (non-air) high pressure plasma technology.

"I thoroughly recommend this book to all plasma scientists whether involved with high- or low-pressure plasmas."


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