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The Solar Corona

The Solar Corona


  • Authors:
  • Leon Golub, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jay M. Pasachoff, Williams College, Massachusetts
  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521882019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521485357


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  • Observations from the ground and space have advanced our knowledge of the solar corona dramatically over the past three decades. This timely volume presents a lucid and synthesized review of the latest observations of the solar corona and discusses how these observations have advanced and shaped our understanding of coronal physics. In the process, the authors introduce a wide variety of exciting physics, including dynamo theory and radiative transfer. They also demonstrate how the transient effects of the solar cycle effect "space weather." This book provides a much-needed introduction to coronal physics for advanced students and researchers.

    • The first textbook on the solar corona for 30 years
    • Clearly shows how new observations have advanced our understanding of coronal physics
    • Includes the latest results from space missions (such as the Yohkoh Mission) and ground-based observatories
    • Pasachoff is America's bestselling astronomy author; author of 'The Cambridge Eclipse Photography Guide' (CUP, 1993, sold 2000 copies)
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    "...the authors expertly explain the basic theories of solar corona generation and the dynamics of flux-tubes, sunspots, flares, the solar magnetic field, and solar wind, with well-written, easy-to-read prose, organized presentation of material, and reviews of the latest ideas. Physically the book is a well-bound, well-written publication on quality, semi-gloss paper, with numerous well-labeled graphs, tables, and figures. Many recent and relevant photos (all black and white) from Earth-based and space-based instruments are used to illustrate concepts." JRASC

    "...provides a welcome update on the immense progress that has occurred over the last 20 years...a pleasure to read." Physics Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521485357
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 175 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 121 b/w illus. 25 tables
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521882019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface (including list of WWW sites)
    1. Introduction
    2. Brief history of coronal studies
    3. The coronal spectrum
    4. The solar cycle
    5. Ground-based observations
    6. Observations from space: I. The first 30 years
    7. Observations from space: II. Recent missions
    8. Activity of the inner corona
    9. Solar flares and the corona
    10. Solar-terrestrial physics

  • Authors

    Leon Golub, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Jay M. Pasachoff, Williams College, Massachusetts

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