Plasma Waves in the Magnetosphere

  • A. D. M. Walker

Part of the Physics and Chemistry in Space Planetology book series (SPACE, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Propagation and Generation of Plasma Waves

  3. Applications of the Theory to plasma Wave Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. A. D. M. Walker
      Pages 189-207
    3. A. D. M. Walker
      Pages 289-316
    4. A. D. M. Walker
      Pages 317-319
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 321-348

About this book


This book is a study of plasma waves which are observed in the earth's magnetosphere. The emphasis is on a thorough, but concise, treatment of the necessary theory and the use of this theory to understand the manifold varieties of waves which are observed by ground-based instruments and by satellites. We restrict our treatment to waves with wavelengths short compared with the spatial scales of the background plasma in the mag­ netosphere. By so doing we exclude large scale magnetohydrodynamic phenomena such as ULF pulsations in the Pc2-5 ranges. The field is an active one and we cannot hope to discuss every wave phenomenon ever observed in the magnetosphere! We try instead to give a good treatment of phenomena which are well understood, and which illustrate as many different parts of the theory as possible. It is thus hoped to put the reader in a position to understand the current literature. The treatment is aimed at a beginning graduate student in the field but it is hoped that it will also be of use as a reference to established workers. A knowledge of electromagnetic theory and some elementary plasma physics is assumed. The mathematical background required in­ cludes a knowledge of vector calculus, linear algebra, and Fourier trans­ form theory encountered in standard undergraduate physics curricula. A reasonable acquaintance with the theory of functions of a complex vari­ able including contour integration and the residue theorem is assumed.


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Authors and affiliations

  • A. D. M. Walker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of NatalDurbanSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-77869-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-77867-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1938
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