Plasma Astrophysics

Kinetic Processes in Solar and Stellar Coronae

  • Arnold Benz

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 184)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Arnold Benz
    Pages 1-21
  3. Arnold Benz
    Pages 22-50
  4. Arnold Benz
    Pages 51-68
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    Pages 69-88
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    Pages 89-114
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    Pages 115-153
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    Pages 212-233
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    Pages 258-281
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 282-299

About this book


This textbook is intended as an introduction to the physics of solar and stellar coronae, emphasizing kinetic plasma processes. It is addressed to observational astronomers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates without a back­ ground in plasma physics. Coronal physics is today a vast field with many different aims and goals. Sort­ ing out the really important aspects of an observed phenomenon and using the physics best suited for the case is a formidable problem. There are already several excellent books, oriented toward the interests of astrophysicists, that deal with the magnetohydrodynamics of stellar atmospheres, radiation transport, and radiation theory. In kinetic processes, the different particle velocities play an important role. This is the case when particle collisions can be neglected, for example in very brief phenomena - such as one period of a high-frequency wave - or in effects produced by energetic particles with very long collision times. Some of the most persistent problems of solar physics, like coronal heating, shock waves, flare energy release, and particle acceleration, are likely to be at least partially related to such pro­ cesses. Study of the Sun is not regarded here as an end in itself, but as the source of information for more general stellar applications. Our understanding of stellar processes relies heavily, in turn, on our understanding of solar processes. Thus an introduction to what is happening in hot, dilute coronae necessarily starts with the plasma physics of our nearest star.


astrophysics electron ion radiation

Authors and affiliations

  • Arnold Benz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyETH ZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4915-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2064-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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