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An interview with Roald Sagdeev: his story of plasma physics in Russia, 1956–1988 (2018)


This oral history interview presents Roald Z. Sagdeev’s story of plasma physics in Russia. It chronicles the Russian school’s achievements in basic, laboratory, fusion and space plasma physics. The interview begins with memories of Sagdeev’s graduate student days in Moscow and then describes his work at the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy (1956–1961), the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk (1961–1971) and the Space Research Institute (IKI) (1973–1988). The interview examines the development of quasilinear theory, collisionless shocks, wave turbulence, instabilities, drift waves, chaos theory, the early stages of magnetic confinement theory and space plasma physics. Sagdeev and his school made seminal contributions in all of these areas, and all are central topics in plasma physics today. Sagdeev also speaks of his collaborations and friendships with notable scientists, such as M.N. Rosenbluth, M.A. Leontovich, L.A. Artisimovich, L.I. Rudakov, A.A. Galeev, V.E. Zakharov, as well as of the political and institutional challenges of this period. The conversation reflects Sagdeev’s unique and significant influence in modern plasma theory, Russian space exploration and his support of international cooperation for the advancement of humanity.

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Article Patrick H. Diamond; Uriel Frisch; Yves Pomeau (2018) Editorial introduction to the special issue “Plasma physics in the 20th century as told by players”. European Physical Journal H (pp. 337-353). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Baturin, Yu. M.
Bonolis, Luisa
Cenadelli, Davide
Chen, Chongbin
Duan, Lian
Gerovitch, Slava
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
European Physical Journal H
Medical History
History of Psychology
Journal of Social History
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Anthem Press
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Palgrave Macmillan
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
University of Wales, Bangor (United Kingdom
Oral history
Space research and exploration
Space travel; space flight
Space programs
History of science, as a discipline
Kenneth B. Clark
Leontovich, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
Rushton, William
Tereshkova, Valentina
Tong, Te-Kong
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Soviet Union
United States
Great Britain
Rome (Italy)
Cambridge University
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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