Physics of Solar System Plasmas

ISBN-10: 0521611946
ISBN-13: 9780521611947
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $129.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Physics of Solar System Plasmas provides a comprehensive introduction to the plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics that are needed to study the solar wind and magnetosphere. The text includes a broad introduction to plasma physics, including important discussions of kinetic theory, single particle motion, magnetohydrodynamics, geomagnetically trapped energetic particles and the physics of magnetic reconnection. This leads into a thorough description of the Sun and the solar wind, and, finally, the author addresses magnetospheric physics. Among the topics covered here are magnetospheric morphology, bow shocks, magnetospheric convection and electrical currents, substorms, ionospheric physics, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, auroral physics and the interaction of the solar wind with the planets. Problem sets at the end of each chapter make this a useful text for advanced undergraduate students in astrophysics, geophysics, or atmospheric sciences. Graduate students and researchers will also find it a valuable source of information.

Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents.

Space physics
Introduction to kinetic theory
Single particle motion and geomagnetically trapped particles
Magnetohydrodynamics
Solar physics
The solar wind
The interaction of the solar wind, planets and other solar system bodies
The magnetosphere
Appendix

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