Self-Organized Criticality in Astrophysics

The Statistics of Nonlinear Processes in the Universe

  • Markus Aschwanden

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book sub series (ASTRONOMY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 347-416

About this book


The concept of ‘self-organized criticality’ (SOC) has been applied to a variety of problems, ranging from population growth and traffic jams to earthquakes, landslides and forest fires. The technique is now being applied to a wide range of phenomena in astrophysics, such as planetary magnetospheres, solar flares, cataclysmic variable stars, accretion disks, black holes and gamma-ray bursts, and also to phenomena in galactic physics and cosmology. Self-organized Criticality in Astrophysics introduces the concept of SOC and shows that, due to its universality and ubiquity, it is a law of nature. The theoretical framework and specific physical models are described, together with a range of applications in various aspects of astrophyics. The mathematical techniques, including the statistics of random processes, time series analysis, time scale and waiting time distributions, are presented and the results are applied to specific observations of astrophysical phenomena.


Nonlinear processes Self-organization in Cosmology Self-organized criticality Self-organized criticality in Accretion disks Solar flares Stellar flares self-organization in plasmas

Authors and affiliations

  • Markus Aschwanden
    • 1
  1. 1.Technology Center, Solar & Astrophysics Lab.Lockheed Martin AdvancedPalo AltoUSA

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