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Space Physics

An Introduction to Plasmas and Particles in the Heliosphere and Magnetospheres


Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 1-8
  3. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 9-30
  4. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 31-66
  5. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 67-88
  6. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 89-102
  7. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 103-118
  8. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 119-142
  9. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 143-186
  10. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 187-210
  11. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 211-254
  12. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 255-274
  13. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 275-292
  14. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 293-311
  15. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 313-324
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 325-357

About this book


The heliosphere and magnetospheres of the planets provide large natural plasma laboratories. This book is a broad, yet selective treatment of the physics of ionized gases and charged particles in the solar-terrestrial environment. The first few chapters deal with the fundamentals of plasma physics, covering such topics as single-particle motion, plasmas as fluids, magnetohydrodynamics, a brief introduction to kinetic theory, and plasma waves. Subsequent chapters discuss observations of the sun and the solar wind, energetic particles in interplanetary space and in the magnetoshperes, magnetized and unmagnetized planets, and solar-terrestrial relations, in particular the aurora. These chapters also describe the applications of these principles to space-plasma observations and introduce more-complex phenomena, such as collisionless shocks and wave-particle interactions.>


Heliosphere Magnetospheres Plasma physics Solar-terrestrial relations Space physics particles

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FB IV — UmweltwissenschaftenUniversität LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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From the reviews of the third edition:

"It’s delighting to read such a book! Not only clear and precise, it covers a huge amount of information on a vast and difficult domain. … An appendix with symbols, useful relations, numbers and 52 Internet resources is followed by a list of 573 references. … I warmly recommend this book for students, young researchers or specialists as like the author said, focus is on concepts rather than on detailed mathematical analysis. Everyone could take benefits of the reading." (Jean-Claude Jodogne, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2005)