Physics of the Space Environment (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series)

Physics of the Space Environment (Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series)

by Tamas I. Gombosi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052160768X

ISBN-13: 9780521607681

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the physical phenomena that result from the interaction of the sun and the planets - often termed space weather. Physics of the Space Environment explores the basic processes in the Sun, in the interplanetary medium, in the near-Earth space, and down into the atmosphere. The first part of the book summarizes

Overview

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the physical phenomena that result from the interaction of the sun and the planets - often termed space weather. Physics of the Space Environment explores the basic processes in the Sun, in the interplanetary medium, in the near-Earth space, and down into the atmosphere. The first part of the book summarizes fundamental elements of transport theory relevant for the atmosphere, ionosphere and the magnetosphere. This theory is then applied to physical phenomena in the space environment. The fundamental physical processes are emphasized throughout, and basic concepts and methods are derived from first principles. This book is unique in its balanced treatment of space plasma and aeronomical phenomena. Students and researchers with a basic mathematics and physics background will find this book invaluable in the study of phenomena in the space environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607681
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Theoretical Description of Gases and Plasmas: 1. Particle orbit theory; 2. Kinetic theory; 3. Basic plasma phenomena; 4. Fluid and MHD theory; 5. Waves and oscillations; 6. Shocks and discontinuities; 7. Transport of superthermal particles; Part II. The Upper Atmosphere: 8. The terrestrial upper atmosphere; 9. Airglow and aurora; 10. The ionosphere; Part III. Sun-Earth connection: 11. The Sun; 12. The solar wind; 13. Cosmic rays and energetic particles; 14. The terrestrial magnetosphere; Appendices: A. Physical constants; B. Vector and tensor identities and operators; C. Some important integrals; D. Some useful special functions.

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