A Primer on Complex Systems

With Applications to Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas

  • Raúl Sánchez
  • David Newman

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 943)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Characterization of Complex Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 3-39
    3. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 41-102
    4. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 103-175
    5. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 177-220
    6. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 221-276
  3. Complex Dynamics in Magnetized Plasmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 313-337
    3. Raúl Sánchez, David Newman
      Pages 381-400
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 401-404

About this book


The purpose of this book is to illustrate the fundamental concepts of complexity and complex behavior and the best methods to characterize this behavior by means of their applications to some current research topics from within the fields of fusion, earth and solar plasmas. In this sense, it is a departure from the many books already available that discuss general features of complexity.

The book is divided in two parts. In the first part the most important properties and features of complex systems are introduced, discussed and illustrated. The second part discusses several instances of possible complex phenomena in magnetized plasmas and some of the analysis tools that were introduced in the first part are used to characterize the dynamics in these systems. A list of problems is proposed at the end of each chapter.

This book is intended for graduate and post-graduate students with a solid college background in mathematics and classical physics, who intend to work in the field of plasma physics and, in particular, plasma turbulence. It will also be of interest to senior scientists who have so far approached these systems and problems from a different perspective and want a new fresh angle.


Fusion Energy and ITER Hot Ionized Plasmas Plasma Turbulence Tokamak Physics Turbulent Plasma Self-organized criticality Scale invariance Magnetized plasmas

Authors and affiliations

  • Raúl Sánchez
    • 1
  • David Newman
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Física, Grupo de FusionUniversidad Carlos III de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Alaska-FairbanksFairbanksUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1227-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1229-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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