Good for you for doing your homework, orerry. Here are some that I use as references and self-education as best I can. Not all are concerned with plasma physics from a strictly EU perspective, but never
rule out learning useful stuff at the hands of a good mainstream physicist.
Besides Peratt's classic Physics of the Plasma Universe
, which seriously gets into plasma physics and its cosmic implementations but is now nearly unaffordable when it can be found, Paul Bellan's Fundamentals of Plasma Physics
is excellent, but its applications are not typically directly linked to cosmic phenomena. His plasma physics lab at Cal Tech has a vacuum chamber in some ways like a Terrella, but he uses it to study solar filament and prominence phenomena. look here: http://ve4xm.caltech.edu/Bellan_plasma_page/
Good photos of that stuff, but not found in his textbook. I also have J.A. Bittencourt's book with the same title but find it less satisfying, with the usual implied emphasis on contained hydrogen fusion experiments. Neither book extends a whole lot into the electrical side of the plasma physics, and they tend to overlook Alfvén's warning about that omission.Fundamentals of Cosmic Electrodynamics
by Boris V. Sumov is a textbook you want to have on your shelf. It gives the processes and the math you'll need to describe and understand a wide range of phenomena, such as 16.1 Models for flare energy and release. The Russians are great physicists and mathematicians, and think very deeply about these subjects, IMHO.
A rather difficult book, translated and published by Oxford Press, is Physics of Strongly Coupled Plasma
by Vladimir Fortov, Igor Iakobov, and Alexey Khrapak. So what? you ask about strongly coupled plasma. Along with the usual Earth-bound energy-generation interests outlined in the Preface, the authors note, "Modern progress in understanding the structure and evolution of giant planets in the solar system, as well as astrophysical objects, is largely based on the ideas and results from the fields of highly compressed plasmas... Along with pragmatic interest in high-pressure plasmas, purely fundamental interest is gaining momentum, because it is in this exotic state that the major part of matter in the universe finds itself. In fact, estimations show that about 95% of matter (without taking dark matter into account) are the plasmas of stars, pulsars, black holes and giant planets of the solar system..." Okay, they said black holes; I can't deny that. But they don't discuss that subject in the book.The Magnetic Universe
by J. B. Zirker is all about magnetic fields and their pervasiveness at all scales in the cosmos. It is "consensus" in the sense that the electrical side is largely overlooked, but from the perspective that you can imagine that his descriptions always have electrical currents underlying the effects he describes, it is instructive. A second book along this general line, not a textbook, is Nearest Star, the Surprising Science of our Sun
, by astrophysicist Leon Golub who works with NASA's solar TRACE experiment and Jay M. Pasachoff, the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. It devotes only a passing reference to electrical forces (in the discussion of nuclear forces and fusion, which is how they view the Sun as being powered).
I also recommend The Virtue of Heresy
and also The Static Universe
by South African radio-astronomer Hilton Ratcliffe. He doesn't mind calling a spade a spade if he sees it that way, and he is also well known in alternative cosmology circles. Look athttp://www.hiltonratcliffe.com
Miscellaneous recommendations; On Being Certain
, Robert A. Burton, M.D. The Black Swan
, Nassim Taleb. QED, The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
, Richard Feynman. Cosmic Plasma
, Hannes Alfvén. The Trouble With Physics
, Lee Smolin. The Un-Unified Field
, Miles Mathis. The Big Bang Never Happened
, Eric Lerner. Seeing Red
, and Quasars, Redshifts and Controversies
, Halton Arp. Electromagnetics
, and Physics for Engineering and Science
, both in the Schaum's Outline Series
from McGraw-Hill, in paperback only.