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The Earth's Plasmasphere

The Earth's Plasmasphere


Part of Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

D. L. Carpenter, V. Bassolo
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  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521430913

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  • This is the first monograph to describe the historical development of ideas concerning the plasmasphere by the pioneering researchers themselves. The plasmasphere is a cold thermal plasma cloud encircling the Earth, terminating abruptly at a radial distance of 30,000 km over a sharp discontinuity known as the plasmapause. The volume commences with an account of the difficulties met in USSR by Gringauz to publish his early discoveries from Soviet rocket measurements, and the contemporaneous breakthroughs by Carpenter in the USA from ground-based whistler measurements. The authors then update our picture of the plasmasphere by presenting experimental and observational results of the past three decades, and mathematical and physical theories proposed to explain its formation. The volume will be invaluable for researchers in space physics, and will also appeal to those interested in the history of science.

    • Was the first monograph to describe the historical development of ideas concerning the plasmasphere
    • Presentation of experimental and observational results, mathematical and physical theories to explain plasmasphere formation
    • Invaluable for researchers in space physics, and will also interest historians of science
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ' … this beautiful book has to be saluted. It will, without question, be a reference for all those who work in the field, and a fascinating story for those interested in the Earth's environment.' P. Décréau, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

    'In this exciting period of plasmaspheric research, this book is very timely and will help motivate and prepare newcomers to tackle the emerging challenges in the field. I am glad to have this book in my collection.' EOS

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521430913
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 185 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.875kg
    • contains: 191 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Discovery of the plasmasphere and initial studies of its properties
    2. Electromagnetic sounding of the plasmasphere
    3. Plasmasphere measurements from spacecraft
    4. A global description of the plasmasphere
    5. Theoretical aspects related to the plasmasphere

  • Authors

    J. F. Lemaire, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

    K. I. Gringauz

    With contributions by

    D. L. Carpenter

    V. Bassolo


    D. L. Carpenter, V. Bassolo

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