Physics of the Solar Corona

An Introduction with Problems and Solutions

  • Markus J Aschwanden

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Pages 1-36
  3. Pages 37-66
  4. Pages 67-116
  5. Pages 117-174
  6. Pages 175-239
  7. Pages 283-330
  8. Pages 331-354
  9. Pages 355-406
  10. Pages 407-464
  11. Pages 465-515
  12. Pages 517-550
  13. Pages 551-606
  14. Pages 607-636
  15. Pages 637-670
  16. Pages 671-702
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 739-909

About this book


Solar science has evolved rapidly over the past ten years as the results of a new generation of solar space missions have become available. This book provides a thorough introduction to the subject of solar physics, based on those spacecraft observations. The author introduces the solar corona, which has a temperature of several million degrees, and sets it in the context of basic plasma physics before moving on to discuss plasma instabilities and plasma heating processes. The latest results on coronal heating and radiation,which are fundamental processes in all stars, are presented. Spectacular phenomena such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections are described in detail, together with their potential effects on the Earth. The author draws together observations made at many wavelengths from hard X-rays, soft X-rays, extreme UV and radio wavelengths.

This paperback study edition of Markus Aschwanden’s highly acclaimed PHYSICS OF THE SOLAR CORONA will include 50 pages of problems and solutions which will much enhance the value of the book to students.


Corona Coronal Mass Ejections Magnetohydrodynamics Particle Acceleration Reconnection Solar Solar Corona Solar Magnetic Fields Solar flare

Authors and affiliations

  • Markus J Aschwanden
    • 1
  1. 1.Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology CenterSolar and Astrophysics LaboratoryPalo AltoUSA

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