Kinetic Theory of the Inner Magnetospheric Plasma

  • George V. Khazanov

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 372)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 541-581

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a broad introduction to the kinetic theory of space plasma physics with the major focus on the inner magnetospheric plasma. It is designed to provide a comprehensive description of the different kinds of transport equations for both plasma particles and waves with an emphasis on the applicability and limitations of each set of equations. The major topics are: Kinetic Theory of Superthermal Electrons, Kinetic Foundation of the Hydrodynamic Description of Space Plasmas (including wave-particle interaction processes), and Kinetic Theory of the Terrestrial Ring Current. Distinguishable features of this book are the analytical solutions of simplified transport equations. Approximate analytic solutions of transport phenomena are very useful because they help us gain physical insight into how the system responds to varying sources of mass, momentum and energy and also to various external boundary conditions. They also provide us a convenient method to test the validity of complicated numerical models, a task that is usually tedious and time consuming. This book will provide students and space researchers with an understanding of how to determine the best approach to any upper atmospheric or space physics problem.

Keywords

Hydrodynamic Description of Space Plasma Kinetic Theory of Superthermal Electron Transport book on space plasmas kinetic features in plasma kinetic interpretation of plasma kinetic theory magnetosphere

Authors and affiliations

  • George V. Khazanov
    • 1
  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Heliophysics Science Div. (HSD)NASAGreenbeltUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6797-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6796-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6797-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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