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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-XV
  2. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 1-8
  3. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 9-30
  4. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 31-64
  5. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 65-86
  6. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 87-101
  7. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 103-158
  8. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 159-216
  9. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 217-284
  10. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 285-302
  11. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 303-320
  12. May-Britt Kallenrode
    Pages 321-332
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 333-367

About this book


The phenomena of space physics are complex and their understanding often requires the integration of different concepts. To help the beginner, this book uses a new methodolo- gical approach. The first chapters introduce simple concepts of plasma physics and describe where these can be applied in space physics. Subsequent chapters are devoted to more complex observations, interpreted in terms of the concepts introduced earlier. New, more difficult, concepts are introduced as they are required. Thus observations and physical concepts are interwoven to give basic explanations of phenomena and also show the limitations in these explanations and identify some fundamental questions. This second edition has been updated and extended. Improvements include: the use of SI units; addition of recent results from SOHO and Ulysses; improved treatment of the magnetosphere as a dynamic phenomenon; text restructured to provide a closer coupling between basic physical concepts and observed complex phenomena.


Heliosphere Magnetospheres Plasma physics Solar-terrestrial relations Space physics particles

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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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)