This 2007 book provides a coherent and detailed treatment of the physical background of large plasma eruptions in space and provides the background necessary for dealing with space plasma activity. This will form a fascinating reference for graduate students and academic researchers in the fields of astrophysics and plasma physics.
Preface; 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; References; Index.
"...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