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Collisionless Shocks in Space Plasmas
Structure and Accelerated Particles


Part of Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

  • Authors:
  • David Burgess, Queen Mary University of London
  • Manfred Scholer, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521514590

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  • Shock waves are an important feature of solar system plasmas, from the solar corona out to the edge of the heliosphere. This engaging introduction to collisionless shocks in space plasmas presents a comprehensive review of the physics governing different types of shocks and processes of particle acceleration, from fundamental principles to current research. Motivated by observations of planetary bow shocks, interplanetary shocks and the solar wind termination shock, it emphasises the physical theory underlying these shock waves. Readers will develop an understanding of the complex interplay between particle dynamics and the electric and magnetic fields that explains the observations of in situ spacecraft. Written by renowned experts in the field, this up-to-date text is the ideal companion for both graduate students new to heliospheric physics and researchers in astrophysics who wish to apply the lessons of solar system shocks to different astrophysical environments.

    • Brings together two key strands in space plasma shocks: physical processes of collisionless shocks and the resulting processes of particle acceleration
    • Ideal for graduate students or researchers learning about shock physics for the first time while explaining how the structure of different types of shock is related to the underlying physics
    • Uses current research and developments in the field to present the cutting edge of the topic
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    'The authors, together with the publishers, are to be congratulated for producing a book that is such an enjoyable as well as an informative read. It should prove an ideal source of information for postgraduate students of space-plasma physics and astrophysics, as well as being a high-quality reference work for professionals in these and related fields.' The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521514590
    • length: 365 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 179 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 173 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Shocks
    2. Basic concepts
    3. The quasi-perpendicular shock: macrostructure
    4. The quasi-perpendicular shock: microstructure
    5. The quasi-parallel shock
    6. Diffusive shock acceleration
    7. Coherent shock acceleration
    8. Electron acceleration
    9. Global and modified shocks
    Appendix. Simulation techniques
    Further reading

  • Authors

    David Burgess, Queen Mary University of London
    David Burgess is Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London. He has extensive experience in the simulation and theory of space plasma shocks and turbulence, and has been involved in several international space missions including AMPTE, Ulysses and Cluster. He is currently on instrument science teams for the Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus missions.

    Manfred Scholer, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Garching, Germany
    Manfred Scholer is Professor of Geophysics at Munich University and a former group leader of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. He has completed extensive research in solar, heliospheric and magnetospheric physics by means of theory, data analysis and numerical simulations. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Co-Investigator on several spacecraft, including SOHO and Cluster.

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