Instabilities in Space and Laboratory Plasmas



Plasma instability research is a well-established branch of both space physics and astrophysics, yet there exist very few comprehensive books on the subject. Thus any new text that address microinstabilities in space plasmas has the promise of filling a long-standing gap in the bookshelves of space plasma physicists. I am pleased to report that Instabilities in Space and Laboratory Plasmas is a strong contender to fill this gap. Although the book has its limitations, which I will address below, I find that is is very well written, offers excellent physical insights, and represents the best contemporary overview for the theory of velocity-driven instabilities in collisionless plasmas.