Waves and Oscillations in Nature: An Introduction

A Satya Narayanan, Swapan K Saha

May 20, 2015 by CRC Press
Reference - 551 Pages - 129 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466590939 - CAT# K20493


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  • Covers the various types of waves and oscillations encountered in nature at an introductory level
  • Describes applications in astrophysics, such as shock waves in the sun
  • Includes simple exercises at the end of each chapter to give readers a hands-on grasp of the basics
  • Provides a large list of bibliographic sources that enable readers to research more technical aspects


Waves and oscillations are found in large scales (galactic) and microscopic scales (neutrino) in nature. Their dynamics and behavior heavily depend on the type of medium through which they propagate.

Waves and Oscillations in Nature: An Introduction clearly elucidates the dynamics and behavior of waves and oscillations in various mediums. It presents different types of waves and oscillations that can be observed and studied from macroscopic to microscopic scales. The book provides a thorough introduction for researchers and graduate students in assorted areas of physics, such as fluid dynamics, plasma physics, optics, and astrophysics.

The authors first explain introductory aspects of waves and electromagnetism, including characteristics of waves, the basics of electrostatics and magnetostatics, and Maxwell’s equations. They then explore waves in a uniform media, waves and oscillations in hydrodynamics, and waves in a magnetized medium for homogeneous and nonhomogeneous media. The book also describes types of shock waves, such as normal and oblique shocks, and discusses important details pertaining to waves in optics, including polarization from experimental and observational points of view. The book concludes with a focus on plasmas, covering different plasma parameters, quasilinear and nonlinear aspects of plasma waves, and various instabilities in hydrodynamics and plasmas.