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Cosmic Magnetic Fields

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  • Date Published: October 2016
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521631631

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  • Magnetic fields are important in the Universe and their effects contain the key to many astrophysical phenomena that are otherwise impossible to understand. This book presents an up-to-date overview of this fast-growing topic and its interconnections to plasma processes, astroparticle physics, high energy astrophysics, and cosmic evolution. The phenomenology and impact of magnetic fields are described in diverse astrophysical contexts within the Universe, from galaxies to galaxy clusters, the filaments and voids of the intergalactic medium, and out to the largest redshifts. The presentation of mathematical formulae is accessible and is designed to add insight into the broad range of topics discussed. Written for graduate students and researchers in physics, astrophysics and related disciplines, this volume will inspire readers to devise new ways of thinking about magnetic fields in space on galaxy scales and beyond.

    • Presents an up-to-date review of magnetic fields in the Galaxy and wider Universe, examining how they are measured and their interconnections to diverse astrophysical phenomena
    • Discusses the techniques and methods for measuring magnetic fields, helping readers to appreciate future, more advanced magnetic field probes
    • Presentation of mathematical formulae is accessible and designed to add insight into the broad range of topics discussed
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    'This book presents the current state of measurement and modeling of cosmic magnetic fields. It will be of interest to researchers in the area and individuals with a graduate-level background in physics who may be considering the field … a well-written and well-referenced introduction.' E. Kincanon, Choice

    'I don't really expect to have to teach a course on cosmic magnetism, but if I did, I would want Kronberg (or anyhow his book) by my side …' Virginia Tremble, The Observatory: A Review of Astronomy

    '[This book] explores the standard galactic α–ω dynamo theory …, axisymmetric and bisymmetric magnetic field structures of spiral galaxies (including our own), micro-Gauss magnetic fields in the intracluster medium, ancient magnetic fields still retained by fossil radio sources, and other equally thought-provoking topics. … Despite the far-from-easy subject, the discussions are actually not too difficult to follow. Besides those directly involved in the research, other readers with some background in astrophysics will likewise find them stimulating.' B. Ishak, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521631631
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 182 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 84 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A brief history and background
    2. Methods for probing magnetic fields in astrophysical systems
    3. Mechanisms for magnetic field generation and regeneration
    4. Nearby galactic objects as a microcosm of the effects of astrophysical magnetic fields
    5. Magnetic field configurations in large galaxies
    6. Magnetic field outflow into the IGM from stellar and supernova activity
    7. Extragalactic scale jets and their magnetized lobes
    8. Distribution of magnetic energy into the IGM
    9. Magnetic fields associated with clusters and groups of galaxies
    10. Magnetic fields beyond galaxy clusters
    11. Intergalactic cosmic rays and magnetic fields
    12. Magnetic fields at earlier cosmological epochs since recombination
    13. Magnetic fields at and before the recombination epoch
    14. Magnetic fields and some fundamental physics questions
    Index.

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    Cosmic Magnetic Fields

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    Philipp P. Kronberg, University of Toronto
    Philipp P. Kronberg is Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto Canada and Visiting Professor at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served on or chaired advisory and management boards of many organizations and facilities and has received numerous awards and distinctions including a Humboldt Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Killiam Fellowship. For over thirty years Kronberg has pioneered both measurements and physical and mathematical analyses to deduce astrophysical magnetic fields on many scales, from our Milky Way to the most distant quasars.

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