Space Physics

An Introduction to Plasmas and Particles in the Heliosphere and Magnetospheres

  • May-Britt Kallenrode

Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Plasmas: The Basics

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  3. Space Plasmas

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  4. The Methods

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 431-482

About this book


Space is a large natural plasma laboratory offering a wealth of phenomena which range from the simple to the highly complex and non-linear. This book begins with an introduction to basic principles such as single-particle motion, magnetohydrodynamics and plasma waves. It incorporates these concepts into an analysis of complex phenomena including the sun and solar activity, shocks, interplanetary space and magnetospheres, and finally the interaction between these entities in solar-terrestrial relationships. In all these subfields of space research, special attention is paid to energetic particles. The book concludes with a brief chapter on instrumentation. In this third edition, numerous examples have been added to illustrate the basic concepts and aid the reader in applying such concepts to real world physics. In addition, recent observations (ACE, TRACE, Wind) have been included. The chapter on solar-terrestrial relationships has been expanded to introduce the current research topic of Space Weather.


Heliosphere Magnetospheres Plasma Plasma physics Solar-terrestrial relations Space physics magnetohydrodynamics magnetosphere particles space weather

Authors and affiliations

  • May-Britt Kallenrode
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05829-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-09959-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-2674
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