Introduction to Space Physics

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Overview

Designed as a text for upper-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students, this volume attempts to establish the curriculum for the modern student entering the fledgling field of space physics. The book provides a broad, yet selective, treatment of the subject, covering virtually all aspects of space plasmas in the solar system. There are sections on the sun and solar wind, the magnetized and unmagnetized planets, and the fundamental process of space plasmas including shocks, plasma waves, ULF waves, wave-particle interactions, and auroral processes. In addition to emphasizing analysis, the authors also place importance on underlying phenomenology with extensive attention to observations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521457149
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprinted
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 1,116,300
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Brief history of solar terrestrial physics; 2. Physics of space plasmas; 3. The Sun; 4. The solar wind; 5. Collisionless shocks; 6. Interactions with magnetized planets; 7. Ionospheres; 8. Interactions with unmagnetized bodies; 9. Magnetopause, tail and reconnection; 10. Magnetospheric configuration; 11. Magnetic pulsations; 12. Plasma waves; 13. Magnetospheric dynamics; 14. The aurora and the auroral ionosphere; 15. Magnetospheres of outer planets; Appendices; Index.

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