I have an undergraduate background of electrodynamics, special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. I would like to study plasma physics by myself so please suggest a few introductory books on the topic.
Introduction to Plasma Physics by Francis Chen is probably one of the best sources for introductory plasma physics, despite being slightly dated (publication date of 1995) and using CGS units. It covers, among other things,
- particle motions in E&M fields
- plasmas as fluids (e.g., MHD)
- plasmas as particles (kinetic theory)
- controlled fusion
As a background, you'll probably only need to recall E&M, some statistical mechanics and some vector calculus; much of the book builds on previous chapters, so it can be used for self-study as well as coursework. There are problems to solve at the end of each section of the chapter, though no solutions appendix.
- Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion by F. F. Chen (Third Edition 2016) is one of the best for beginners.
- Fundamentals of plasma physics by P.M. Bellan (2006)
- Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing (Second Edition, 2005) by Lieberman, Lichtenberg
- Plasma physics: An introduction to laboratory, space, and fusion plasmas (2010) by A. Piel
These books can be used in graduate and postgraduate levels. One should know differential and integral calculus to understand these books. Minimum knowledge in Electrodynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics is another pre-requisite. F. F. Chen's book is the best with the most updated subject. Bellan's book is the simplest of all the aforementioned four. Lieberman's book focuses on material-processing techniques that use plasma along with the fundamentals. Piel's book covers a wide range of topics associated with plasma ranging from laboratory to space.
One can start with Chen's book and if there is a difficult or direct derivation, better to look in Bellan's book (Everything may not be available!).