Fields Institute Communications 2005; 312 pp; hardcover Volume: 46 ISBN10: 0821837230 ISBN13: 9780821837238 List Price: US$120 Member Price: US$96 Order Code: FIC/46
 This book covers a variety of topics related to kinetic theory in neutral gases and magnetized plasmas, with extensions to other systems such as quantum plasmas and granular flows. A comprehensive presentation is given for the Boltzmann equations and other kinetic equations for a neutral gas, together with the derivations of compressible and incompressible fluid dynamical systems, and their rigorous justification. Several contributions are devoted to collisionless magnetized plasmas. Rigorous results concerning the wellposedness of the VlasovMaxwell system are presented. Special interest is devoted to asymptotic regimes where the scales of variation of the electromagnetic field are clearly separated from those associated with the gyromotion of the particles. This volume collects lectures given at the Short Course and Workshop on Kinetic Theory organized at the Fields Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Toronto during the Spring of 2004. Titles in this series are copublished with the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Readership Graduate students interested in physics and applied mathematics and research mathematicians interested in kinetic theory of dilute gases and magnetized plasmas. Table of Contents  F. Golse and C. D. Levermore  Hydrodynamic limits of kinetic models
 R. T. Glassey  Collisionless plasmas and the Vlasov Maxwell system
 Y. Elskens  Irreversible behaviours in Vlasov equation and manybody Hamiltonian dynamics: Landau damping, chaos and granularity
 P. L. Sulem  Introduction to the guiding center theory
 A. J. Brizard  Variational formulations of exact and reduced VlasovMaxwell equations
 H. Qin  A short introduction to general gyrokinetic theory
 W. M. Tang  Introduction to gyrokinetic theory with applications in magnetic confinement research in plasma physics
 T. Passot  From kinetic to fluid descriptions of plasmas
 A. I. Smolyakov, M. Yagi, and J. D. Callen  Nonlocal closures in long mean free path regimes
 G. Manfredi  How to model quantum plasmas
 I. Goldhirsch  Inelastic kinetic theory: The granular gas
