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Physics of Space Plasma Activity

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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521858977

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  • Space plasma is so hot that the atoms break up into charged particles which then become trapped and stored in magnetic fields. When critical conditions are reached the magnetic field breaks up, releasing a large amount of energy and causing dramatic phenomena. The largest space plasma activity events observed in the solar system occur on the Sun, when coronal mass ejections expel several billion tons of plasma mass into space. This book provides a coherent and detailed treatment of the physical background of large plasma eruptions in space. It provides the background necessary for dealing with space plasma activity, and allows the reader to reach a deeper understanding of this fascinating natural event. The book employs both fluid and kinetic models, and discusses the applications to magnetospheric and solar activity. This will form an interesting reference for graduate students and academic researchers in the fields of astrophysics and plasma physics.

    • Defines space plasma activity as a separate entity within space plasma physics, which provides the reader with a fairly complete and coherent picture
    • Provides readers with the basic knowledge necessary for doing active research in the field
    • Separates applications from theoretical developments
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    "...a very worthwhile work that coherently draws together a substantial body of research literature. It can be thoroughly recommended to those of a theoretical inclination for its rigorous but clear and physically-motivated treatment of a topic of central importance to the physics of large-scale plasmas in our Solar System, and most probably those beyond." --The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521858977
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Setting the Scene:
    2. Sites of activity
    3. Plasma models
    Part II. Quiescence:
    4. Introduction
    5. Magnetohydrodynamic states
    6. Particle picture of steady states
    7. A unified theory of steady states
    8. Quasi-static evolution and thin current sheets (TCS)
    Part III. Dynamics:
    9. Nonideal effects
    10. Selected macroinstabilities
    11. Magnetic reconnection
    12. Aspects of bifurcation and nonlinear dynamics
    Part IV. Applications:
    13. Magnetospheric activity
    14. Models of solar activity
    15. Discussion
    Appendix 1. Unified theory: details and derivations
    Appendix 2. Variational principle for collisionless plasmas
    Appendix 3. Symbols and fundamental constants

  • Author

    Karl Schindler, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany

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