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Kinetic Theory of the Inner Magnetospheric Plasma

  • Presents a full theoretical description of the inner magnetospheric plasma which is uniquely composed of very different particles and waves

  • The first book to utilize a kinetic description of the inner magnetospheric plasma

  • Provides an understanding of how to determine the best approach to any upper atmospheric or space physics problem


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 372)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. George V. Khazanov
    Pages 1-10
  3. George V. Khazanov
    Pages 11-26
  4. George V. Khazanov
    Pages 65-124
  5. George V. Khazanov
    Pages 193-269
  6. George V. Khazanov
    Pages 271-376
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 541-581

About this book


This book provides a broad introduction to the kinetic theory of space plasma physics with the major focus on the inner magnetospheric plasma. It is designed to provide a comprehensive description of the different kinds of transport equations for both plasma particles and waves with an emphasis on the applicability and limitations of each set of equations. The major topics are: Kinetic Theory of Superthermal Electrons, Kinetic Foundation of the Hydrodynamic Description of Space Plasmas (including wave-particle interaction processes), and Kinetic Theory of the Terrestrial Ring Current. Distinguishable features of this book are the analytical solutions of simplified transport equations. Approximate analytic solutions of transport phenomena are very useful because they help us gain physical insight into how the system responds to varying sources of mass, momentum and energy and also to various external boundary conditions. They also provide us a convenient method to test the validity of complicated numerical models, a task that is usually tedious and time consuming. This book will provide students and space researchers with an understanding of how to determine the best approach to any upper atmospheric or space physics problem.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Heliophysics Science Div. (HSD)NASAGreenbeltUSA

About the authors

Dr. George V. Khazanov is a senior scientist in the Heliosphysics Science Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Prior to joining NASA, he was a Tenured Professor of Physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Khazanov has extensive experience in space plasma physics and simulation of geophysical plasmas. His specific research areas include: space plasma energization and transport, kinetic theory of superthermal electrons in the ionosphere and plasmasphere, hydrodynamic and kinetic theory of space plasma in the presence of wave activity, theoretical and numerical-modeling investigations of ionosphere-plasmasphere interactions, theoretical studies of the artificial injection of charged and neutral particles into the ionosphere, and wave and beam-induced plasma instabilities in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Dr. Khazanov was the Dean of the College of Physics, and the Theoretical Physics Department Chair at Altai State University, Russia; Director of the Ionospheric Plasma Physics Laboratory at Irkutsk State University, Russia. He supervised and directed more than 30 M.S. and 15 Ph.D. graduates. He is the author or coauthor of 6 books and about 250 peer reviewed publications.

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From the reviews:

“The book is written in a direct and succinct style that makes it accessible and highly informative even to readers who are not experts in kinetic theory. … a valuable and welcome addition that fills an important niche in the space plasma physics literature. With its broad selection of topics and balance between technical detail and context, the book will be a valuable reference for all researchers in the field of space physics and for specialists in plasma theory … .” (David Knudsen, Physics Today, December, 2010)