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Plasma Turbulence in the Solar System


  • Reviews the state-of-the-art research on space plasma turbulence

  • Discusses impacts on related subjects such as astrophysics and Earth science

  • With an overview of plasma physics, turbulence physics, and solar system science

  • Serves as a guide to analysis methods for multi-point or multi-spacecraft measurements


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Yasuhito Narita
    Pages 1-9
  3. Yasuhito Narita
    Pages 11-38
  4. Yasuhito Narita
    Pages 39-65
  5. Yasuhito Narita
    Pages 67-86
  6. Yasuhito Narita
    Pages 87-100
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-102

About this book


Dynamics of astrophysical systems is often described by plasma physics, yet understanding the nature of plasma turbulence remains as a challenge in physics in both theories and experiments. This book is an up-to-date summary and review of recent results in research on waves and turbulence in near-Earth space plasma turbulence, obtained by Cluster, the multi-spacecraft mission. Spatial and temporal structures of solar wind turbulence as well as its interaction with the bow shock ahead of the Earth are presented using Cluster data. The book presents (1) historical developments, (2) theoretical background of plasma physics, turbulence theories, and the plasma physical picture of the solar system, (3) analysis methods for multi-spacecraft data, (4) results of Cluster data analysis, and (5) impacts on astrophysics and Earth sciences.


Impacts on astrophysics and Earth sciences Interstellar bow shock Magnetopause Planetary magnetosphere Plasma turbulence Signal processing of multi-point data Solar system research Space plasma Stellar wind plasma

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Inst. f. Geoph. & extraterrestrische Ph.Technische Universität BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany

About the authors

The author is a senior scientist and lecturer (Privatdozent) at Institute of Geophysics and Extraterrestrial Physics, Technical University Braunschweig. His professional experience includes positions as Data analyst of Cluster and THEMIS mission and Co-Investigator of Magnetometer Experiment in BepiColombo mission. He has won a number of respectable awards including:

Heinrich Büssing Preis, Stiftung des Braunschweigischen Hochschulbundes zur Förderung der Wissenschaften an der Carolo Wilhelmina, Braunschweig, 2007; Yakov B. Zeldovich Medal, COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) and the Russian Academy of Sciences, Bremen, 2010; Outstanding Scientist Award, European Space Agency, for scientific contribution to the Cluster mission, 2010.

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