Magnetic Fields in the Solar System

Planets, Moons and Solar Wind Interactions

  • Hermann Lühr
  • Johannes Wicht
  • Stuart A. Gilder
  • Matthias Holschneider

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 448)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hermann Lühr, Johannes Wicht, Stuart A. Gilder, Matthias Holschneider
    Pages 1-6
  3. Johannes Wicht, Martin French, Stephan Stellmach, Nadine Nettelmann, Thomas Gastine, Lucia Duarte et al.
    Pages 7-81
  4. Monika Korte, Maxwell Brown, Ute Frank, Robin Senftleben, Norbert Nowaczyk
    Pages 83-110
  5. Frank Stefani, Marcus Gellert, Christoph Kasprzyk, Alejandro Paredes, Günther Rüdiger, Martin Seilmayer
    Pages 125-152
  6. Joachim Saur, Emmanuel Chané, Oliver Hartkorn
    Pages 153-182
  7. Jörg Büchner, Patrick Kilian, Patricio A. Muñoz, Felix Spanier, Fabien Widmer, Xiaowei Zhou et al.
    Pages 201-240
  8. Victoria Yaroshenko, Patrick Meier, Hermann Lühr, Uwe Motschmann
    Pages 241-262
  9. Boris E. Prokhorov, Matthias Förster, Vincent Lesur, Alexander A. Namgaladze, Matthias Holschneider, Claudia Stolle
    Pages 263-292
  10. Achim Morschhauser, Foteini Vervelidou, Paul Thomas, Matthias Grott, Vincent Lesur, Stuart A. Gilder
    Pages 331-356
  11. Stuart A. Gilder, Jean Pohl, Michael Eitel
    Pages 357-382
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 407-413

About this book


This book addresses and reviews many of the still little understood questions related to the processes underlying planetary magnetic fields and their interaction with the solar wind. With focus on research carried out within the German Priority Program ”PlanetMag”, it also provides an overview of the most recent research in the field.

Magnetic fields play an important role in making a planet habitable by protecting the environment from the solar wind. Without the geomagnetic field, for example, life on Earth as we know it would not be possible. And results from recent space missions to Mars and Venus strongly indicate that planetary magnetic fields play a vital role in preventing atmospheric erosion by the solar wind. However, very little is known about the underlying interaction between the solar wind and a planet’s magnetic field.

The book takes a synergistic interdisciplinary approach that combines newly developed tools for data acquisition and analysis, computer simulations of planetary interiors and dynamos, models of solar wind interaction, measurement of ancient terrestrial rocks and meteorites, and laboratory investigations.


Earth magnetic field planetary dynamo simulations planetary interior dynamics magnetic instability Jupiter magnetosphere Saturn magnetosphere Cassini results Mars magnetic field Mars Express planetary magnetosphere planet-moon interaction meteorite impact craters piezo-remanence secular variation of magnetic field strength CHAMP space mission SWARM space mission numerical modelling of planetary magnetic fields

Editors and affiliations

  • Hermann Lühr
    • 1
  • Johannes Wicht
    • 2
  • Stuart A. Gilder
    • 3
  • Matthias Holschneider
    • 4
  1. 1.Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Solar System ResearchGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesLudwig Maximilians UniversitätMünchenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für MathematikUniversität PotsdamPotsdamGermany

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