Coronal Expansion and Solar Wind

  • A. J. Hundhausen

Part of the Physics and Chemistry in Space book series (SPACE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. A. J. Hundhausen
    Pages 1-19
  3. A. J. Hundhausen
    Pages 121-168
  4. A. J. Hundhausen
    Pages 169-210
  5. A. J. Hundhausen
    Pages 211-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 216-238

About this book


Little more than ten years have passed since spaceprobe-borne instruments con­ clusively demonstrated the existence of the solar wind. These observations con­ firmed the basic validity of a theoretical model, first proposed by E. N. Parker, predicting a continuous, rapid expansion of the solar corona. The subsequent decade has seen a tremendous growth in both the breadth and sophistication of solar wind observations; the properties of the interplanetary plasma near the orbit of the earth are now known in great detail. The theory of the coronal ex­ pansion has also been highly refilled both in the sense of including additional physical processes, and of treating more realistic (time-dependent and non spheri­ cally-symmetric) coronal boundary conditions. The present volume is an attempt to synthesize the solar wind observations and coronal expansion models from this decade of rapid development. The ultimate goal is, of course, the interpretation of observed solar wind phenomena as the effects of basic physical processes occurring in the coronal and interplanetary plasma and as the natural manifestations of solar properties and structures. This approach implies an emphasis upon the "large-scale" features revealed by the observations. It requires extensive use of the concepts and methods of fluid mechanics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • A. J. Hundhausen
    • 1
  1. 1.High Altitude ObservatoryNational Center for Atmospheric ResearchBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-65416-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-65414-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1938
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