Physics of the Sun

The Solar Interior

  • Peter A. Sturrock
  • Thomas E. Holzer
  • Dimitri M. Mihalas
  • Roger K. Ulrich

Part of the Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs book series (GAAM, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Peter A. Sturrock
    Pages 1-14
  3. Peter D. MacD. Parker
    Pages 15-32
  4. T. M. Brown, B. W. Mihalas, E. J. Rhodes Jr
    Pages 177-247
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-257

About this book


This volume, together with its two companion volumes, originated in a study commis­ sioned by the United States National Academy of Sciences on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A committee composed of Tom Holzer, Dimitri Mihalas, Roger Ulrich and myself was asked to prepare a comprehensive review of current knowledge concerning the physics of the Sun. We were fortunate in being able to persuade many distinguished scientists to gather their forces for the preparation of 21 separate chapters covering not only solar physics but also relevant areas of astrophysics and solar-terrestrial relations. It proved necessary to divide the chapters into three separate volumes that cover three different aspects of solar physics. Volumes II and III are concerned with 'The Solar Atmosphere' and with 'Astrophysics and Solar-Terrestrial Relations'. This volume is devoted to 'The Solar Interior', except that the volume begins with one chapter reviewing the contents of all three volumes. Our study of the solar interior includes a review of nuclear, atomic, radiative, hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic processes, together with reviews of three areas of active current investigation: the dynamo mechanism, internal rotation and magnetic fields, and oscillations. The last topic, in particular, has emerged in recent years as one of the most exciting areas of solar research.


Granulation Sunspot Supergranulation astrophysics atmosphere solar solar physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter A. Sturrock
    • 1
  • Thomas E. Holzer
    • 2
  • Dimitri M. Mihalas
    • 2
  • Roger K. Ulrich
    • 3
  1. 1.Center Space Science and AstrophysicsStandford UniversityStandfordUSA
  2. 2.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8819-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5253-9
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