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Introduction to Space Physics

Introduction to Space Physics

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  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521457149

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  • 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.

    • Well edited and coherent set of chapters from authors who are acknowledged experts in their fields
    • Much of the book has already been used as a central text in advanced undergraduate and introductory level graduate courses
    • Highly illustrated - more than 270 figures
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    "...contains a wealth of information in well-summarized fashion...should be considered a valuable reference text for those who would rather hear from the experts than from a single voice." Elmar R. Reiter, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics

    "...Introduction to Space Physics is strong enough to form the backbone for an introductory graduate class....Because of its broad coverage, it will be an excellent addition to the library of any space physicist who occaisonally needs reminding of the issues and advances in other specialities." Michael E. Brown, Physics Today

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    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521457149
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 279 x 210 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.31kg
    • contains: 276 b/w illus. 4 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Editors

    Margaret G. Kivelson, University of California, Los Angeles

    Christopher T. Russell, University of California, Los Angeles

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