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Theory of Space Plasma Microinstabilities

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Part of Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521437486

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  • The ionized material that constitutes plasma permeates almost all of the universe beyond the planets and their atmospheres and satellites. This book describes the linear theory of many different waves and instabilities that may propagate in a collisionless plasma. Electrostatic and electromagnetic fluctuations and a variety of instability sources are considered. Applications of the theory are discussed with respect to spacecraft observations in the solar wind, terrestrial magnetosheath, magnetosphere and magnetotail and at the bow shock and magnetopause. Tables at the end of most chapters summarize wave and instability nomenclature and properties, and problems for the reader to solve are interspersed throughout the text.

    • Written in clear and fluent style - will be strong paperback candidate as a graduate text
    • Problems for students to solve
    • Reference tables - valuable for researchers
    • Only book around that looks at microinstabilities in this depth
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521437486
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 78 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Electrostatic waves in uniform plasmas
    3. Electrostatic component/component instabilities in uniform plasmas
    4. Electrostatic drift instabilities in inhomogeneous plasmas
    5. Electromagnetic fluctuations in uniform plasmas
    6. Electromagnetic waves in uniform plasmas
    7. Electromagnetic temperature anisotropy instabilities in uniform plasmas
    8. Electromagnetic component/component instabilities in uniform plasmas.

  • Author

    S. Peter Gary, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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