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Physics of the Upper Polar Atmosphere


Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Asgeir Brekke
    Pages 1-50
  3. Asgeir Brekke
    Pages 51-115
  4. Asgeir Brekke
    Pages 189-245
  5. Asgeir Brekke
    Pages 247-274
  6. Asgeir Brekke
    Pages 317-369
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 371-384

About this book


This is the  only  extended textbook that covers in particular the physics of the upper polar atmosphere where the polar lights demonstrates the end product of a process taking place at extremely high latitudes between the solar wind and the upper polar atmosphere.
A textboook that meets the modern requriement for reading in order to obtain a master of science or a Dr. of science degree in  upper polar atmosphere physics or the interaction between the soalr wind and the Earth's atmosphere


Auroral electrojets E- region neutral winds auroral pulsations changes in magnetic field and cosmic rays magnetic fluctuations in the auroral zone

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of Physics and TechnologyUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway

About the authors

I started out as as research assistant for the Auroral Observatory in Tromsø i 1966 and completed my Cand Real exam in physics at the Univerity of Oslo based on auroral optical stuides from Tromsø and Svalbard. In 1972 I left the observatory for a position at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD)  where I was engaged as a research scientist on the Chatanika Incoherent Scatter Radar sytem close to Fairbanks Alaska. After two years at UCSD I went back to a permanent position as associate professor at the Auroral Observatory that in the meantime had become a cornerstone in the newly established University of Tromsø (UiT). Based on the work I did at UCSD I obtained my Dr. philos degree in 1975 at UiT. From in 1989 I was appointed full professor in physics at UiT. In 1993 I was appointed adjunct professor at The University Centre on Svalbard. I therefore have a long experience as university teacher in physics with central elements in auroral and upper polar atmosphere physics. I started out working on this book in support of my lectures when I became  employed in a permanent position at UiT in 1976..
In 1997 I published the text book "Physics of the Upper Polar Atmosphere" that the present book is a revision of. This book has been used extensively by students all over the world and it has been translated into Japanese. As this book is sold out from the printer I have been approached many times by collegues whether it could be published as a second edition.

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