Turbulence, Dynamos, Accretion Disks, Pulsars and Collective Plasma Processes

First Kodai-Trieste Workshop on Plasma Astrophysics Held at the Kodaikanal Observatory Kodaikanal, India, August 27 – September 7, 2007

  • Editors
  • S. S. Hasan
  • R. T. Gangadhara
  • V. Krishan

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Astrophysical Turbulence

  3. Astrophysical Dynamos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. V. Krishan, R. T. Gangadhara
      Pages 55-68
    3. A. Mangalam
      Pages 69-83
    4. Vinod K. Gaur
      Pages 85-96
  4. Pulsar Radiation Mechanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Jin Lin Han
      Pages 99-111
    3. R. T. Gangadhara
      Pages 113-135
    4. G. J. Qiao, K. J. Lee, H. G. Wang, R. X. Xu
      Pages 147-168
    5. R. M. C. Thomas, R. T. Gangadhara
      Pages 177-187
  5. Quantum Plasmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Padma K. Shukla, Bengt Eliasson, Dastgeer Shaikh
      Pages 191-212
    3. Padma K. Shukla, Bengt Eliasson, Dastgeer Shaikh
      Pages 213-229
  6. Accretion Disks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. V. Krishan, S. M. Mahajan
      Pages 233-248
    3. Prasad Subramanian, Peter A. Becker, Menas Kafatos
      Pages 249-259
    4. Nikhil Chakrabarti, Barnana Pal, Vinod Krishan
      Pages 281-289
  7. Solar and Space Plasmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. G. S. Lakhina, S. Alex, R. Rawat
      Pages 293-309
    3. G. Thejappa, R. J. MacDowall
      Pages 311-328
    4. Sanjiv Kumar Tiwari, Jayant Joshi, Sanjay Gosain, P. Venkatakrishnan
      Pages 329-335
    5. A. M. Ahadi, S. Sobhanian
      Pages 337-342

About these proceedings


It is well established and appreciated by now that more than 99% of the baryonic matter in the universe is in the plasma state. Most astrophysical systems could be approximated as conducting fluids in a gravitational field. It is the combined effect of these two that gives rise to the mind boggling variety of configurations in the form of filaments, loops , jets and arches. The plasma structures that cannot last for more than a second or less in a laboratory remain intact for astronomical time and spatial scales in an astrophysical setting. The case in point is the well known extragalactic jets whose collimation and stability has remained an enigma inspite of the efforts of many for many long years. The high energy radiation sources such as the active galactic nuclei again summon the coherent plasma radiation processes for their exceptionally large output from regions of relatively small physical sizes. The generation of magnetic field, anomalous transport of angular momentum with decisive bearing on star formation processes, the ubiquitous MHD turbulence under conditions irreproducible in terrestrial laboratories are some of the generic issues still awaiting a concerted effort for their understanding. Quantum Plasmas, pair plasmas and pair-ion plasmas exist under extreme conditions in planetary interiors and exotic stars. In this workshop plasma physicists, astrophysicists and plasma astrophysicists are brought together to discuss these issues.


Astophysical Plasmas Astrophysical Turbulence Galactic Dynamos Geomagnetic field Ionized Plasmas MHD Magnetic field Plasma Plasma Cosmology Plasma processes Quantum Plasmas

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8867-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8868-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1570-6591
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