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Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun is a completely new up-to-date rewrite from scratch of the 1982 book Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, taking account of enormous advances in understanding since that date. It describes the subtle and complex interaction between the Sun's plasma atmosphere and its magnetic field, which is responsible for many fascinating dynamic phenomena. Chapters cover the generation of the Sun's magnetic field by dynamo action, magnetoconvection and the nature of photospheric flux tubes such as sunspots, the heating of the outer atmosphere by waves or reconnection, the structure of prominences, the nature of eruptive instability and magnetic reconnection in solar flares and coronal mass ejections, and the acceleration of the solar wind by reconnection or wave-turbulence. Developed for a graduate course at St. Andrews University, this advanced textbook provides a detailed account of our progress toward answering many key unsolved puzzles in solar physics. It is essential reading for graduate students and researchers in solar physics and related fields of astronomy, plasma physics, and fluid dynamics. Problem sets and other resources are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521854719.Read more
- This is a completely rewritten version of the author's 1982 book Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, which was a standard reference in the field
- Gives a comprehensive review of modern solar observations and covers the whole range of solar MHD theory
- Addresses the key unsolved puzzles in modern solar physics such as the dynamo, coronal heating, and flare acceleration problems
- Includes end-of-chapter problems which can be downloaded from www.cambridge.org/9780521854719
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- Date Published: April 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521854719
- length: 576 pages
- dimensions: 260 x 207 x 30 mm
- weight: 1.7kg
- contains: 493 b/w illus. 13 tables 94 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. A description of the Sun
2. Basic equations of MHD
5. Shock waves
6. Magnetic reconnection
8. Dynamo theory
9. Magnetoconvection and sunspots
10. Heating of the upper atmosphere
12. Solar flares and coronal mass ejections
13. The solar wind
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