© 1994

Plasma Astrophysics

  • Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • A. O. Benz
  • T. J.-L. Courvoisier

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Courses book series (SAASFEE, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Eric R. Priest
    Pages 1-112
  3. Don B. Melrose
    Pages 113-223
  4. John G. Kirk
    Pages 225-314
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-324

About this book


This volume presents the lecture notes of the 24th Advanced Course of the Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy in March 1994 at Les Diablerets. In three lectures on magnetohydrodynamics, on kinetic plasma physics and on particle acceleration leading experts describe the physical basis of their subjects and extend the discussion to several applications in modern problems of astrophysics. In style and presentation the texts are well-suited for graduate work in plasma astrophysics, one of the very important tools of modern astronomy. The themes developed in this book will be helpful in understanding many processes in the universe from the solar corona to active galaxies.


Magnetohydrodynamics partocle acceleration plasma emission plasma theory solar flares solar wind astronomy astrophysics Corona galaxy magnetohydrodynamics Plasma plasma physics solar Solar flare universe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of St. AndrewsFife, ScotlandUK

Editors and affiliations

  • Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • A. O. Benz
    • 1
  • T. J.-L. Courvoisier
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für AstronomieZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Observatoire de GenèveSauvernySwitzerland

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