Solar and Stellar Magnetic Activity

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Magnetic activity in the sun and similar stars results in a wealth of phenomena—including starspots, nonradiatively heated outer atmospheres, activity cycles, deceleration of rotation rates, and even, in close binaries, stellar cannibalism. This volume uniquely combines studies of the sun with those of other stars to provide a comprehensive picture of stellar magnetic activity. Coverage brings together recent results in solar and stellar studies to provide an illuminating, new view of the subject. Key topics include radiative transfer, convective simulations, dynamo theory, outer-atmospheric heating, stellar winds and angular momentum loss. Researchers are provided with a state-of-the-art review of this exciting field. Graduate students in astrophysics and plasma physics will find the volume an ideal introduction to the subject. The book will also interest researchers studying the connection of solar Sctivity with the Earth's climate change, such as geologists, planetary scientists and atmospheric scientists.

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"The strength of the book lies in the clear overview it provides of activity both on the Sun and on other stars, from an observer's viewpoint.... [H]ighly recommended." /s Physics Today

"a spendid book that reviews our current understading of many key topics in solar and stellar activity." Physics Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521739863
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Astrophysics Series, #34
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: solar features and terminology; 2. Stellar structure; 3. Solar rotation and meridional flow; 4. Solar magnetic structure; 5. Solar magnetic configurations; 6. Global properties of the solar magnetic field; 7. The solar dynamo; 8. The solar outer atmosphere; 9. Stellar outer atmospheres; 10. Mechanisms of outer-atmospheric heating; 11. Activity and stellar properties; 12. Stellar magnetic phenomena; 13. Activity and rotation on evolutionary time scales; 14. Activity in binary stars; 15. Propositions on stellar dynamos; Appendix I: unit conversions; Index.

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