Kinetic Alfvén Waves in Laboratory, Space, and Astrophysical Plasmas

  • De-Jin Wu
  • Ling Chen

Part of the Atmosphere, Earth, Ocean & Space book series (AEONS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 1-48
  3. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 49-81
  4. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 83-122
  5. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 123-155
  6. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 157-219
  7. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 221-298
  8. De-Jin Wu, Ling Chen
    Pages 299-346

About this book


This book provides a systematic introduction to the observation and application of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in various plasma environments, with a special focus on the solar-terrestrial coupling system. Alfven waves are low-frequency and long-wavelength fluctuations that pervade laboratory, space and cosmic plasmas. KAWs are dispersive Alfven waves with a short wavelength comparable to particle kinematic scales and hence can play important roles in the energization and transport of plasma particles, the formation of fine magneto-plasma structures, and the dissipation of turbulent Alfven waves.

Since the 1990s, experimental studies on KAWs in laboratory and space plasmas have significantly advanced our understanding of KAWs, making them an increasingly interesting subject. Without a doubt, the solar–terrestrial coupling system provides us with a unique natural laboratory for the comprehensive study of KAWs. This book presents extensive observations of KAWs in solar and heliospheric plasmas, as well as numerous applications of KAWs in the solar-terrestrial coupling system, including solar atmosphere heating, solarwind turbulence, solar wind-magnetosphere interactions, and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.

In addition, for the sake of consistency, the book includes the basic theories and physical properties of KAWs, as well as their experimental demonstrations in laboratory plasmas. In closing, it discusses possible applications of KAWs to other astrophysical plasmas. Accordingly, the book covers all the major aspects of KAWs in a coherent manner that will appeal to advanced graduate students and researchers whose work involves laboratory, space and astrophysical plasmas.


Alfven waves Kinetic Alfven waves Solar and heliospheric plasmas Aurora and Auroral electron acceleration Solar coronal heating Solar wind turbulence Solar wind-magnetosphere interaction Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling Astrophysical plasmas Plasma physics KAWs in solar plasmas KAWs in heliospheric plasmas Application of KAWs

Authors and affiliations

  • De-Jin Wu
    • 1
  • Ling Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of SciencesPurple Mountain ObservatoryNanjingChina
  2. 2.Chinese Academy of SciencesPurple Mountain ObservatoryNanjingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Nanjing University Press 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7988-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7989-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-440X
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-4418
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