The Nature of Solar Prominences / Edition 1

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The last twenty years since the publication of Dr. Tandberg-Hanssen's book Solar Prominences have seen a renewed interest in this most interesting form of solar activity. As a consequence, new ideas have been explored to explain the great variety of prominences, their relationship to solar flares and their seemingly complete dependence on the action of magnetic fields. This new book gives these and other aspects of prominences in a comprehensive treatment and brings out the basic physics behind the often brilliant displays of prominence activity.
After an historical introduction and classification of prominences, the necessary mathematical and physical background is presented so that the formation, stability, and disappearance of prominences can be thoroughly discussed. Particular emphasis is given to the intimate relationship between disappearing prominences and the all-important effects of the large-scale coronal magnetic fields.
The book is for advanced students in astrophysics and professional solar astronomers.

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Reviews the research findings and new conceptions regarding solar prominences, and especially the physics behind them, since Tandberg-Hanssen's 1974 Solar Prominences, and puts it in the context of the longer history of astrophysics. Discusses the interpretation of observational data, physical parameters of the prominence plasma, the formation and death of prominences, and models. Well illustrated in black and white. Intended for advanced students in astrophysics and professional solar astronomers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792333746
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library Series , #199
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Symbols and Constants
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Interpretation of Observational Data 19
Ch. 3 Physical Parameters of the Prominence Plasma 81
Ch. 4 Formation of Prominences 113
Ch. 5 Prominence Models 167
Ch. 6 The Death of Prominences 237
References 275
Author Index 297
Subject Index 305
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