Space Science Reviews

, Volume 178, Issue 2–4, pp 77–80 | Cite as

Microphysics of Cosmic Plasmas: Background, Motivation and Objectives

  • André BaloghEmail author
  • Andrei Bykov
  • Peter Cargill
  • Richard Dendy
  • Thierry Dudok de Wit
  • John Raymond


With the maturing of space plasma research in the solar system, a more general approach to plasma physics in general, applied to cosmic plasmas, has become appropriate. There are both similarities and important differences in describing the phenomenology of space plasmas on scales from the Earth’s magnetosphere to galactic and inter-galactic scales. However, there are important aspects in common, related to the microphysics of plasma processes. This introduction to a coordinated collection of papers that address the several aspects of the microphysics of cosmic plasmas that have unifying themes sets out the scope and ambition of the broad sweep of topics covered in the volume, together with an enumeration of the detailed objectives of the coverage.


Solar System Magnetic Reconnection Space Plasma Astrophysical Plasma Laboratory Plasma 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • André Balogh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrei Bykov
    • 2
    • 3
  • Peter Cargill
    • 1
  • Richard Dendy
    • 4
  • Thierry Dudok de Wit
    • 5
  • John Raymond
    • 6
  1. 1.Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Ioffe Institute of Physics and TechnologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  4. 4.Euratom/UKAEA Fusion AssociationCulham Science CentreAbingdonUK
  5. 5.LPC2E/CNRS 3AOrléans cedex 2France
  6. 6.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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