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Cosmic Electrodynamics

Electrodynamics and Magnetic Hydrodynamics of Cosmic Plasmas

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  • Naturally illustrates the fundamental plasma physics laws by applying these to diverse astrophysical applications
  • Offers more distinct levels of problems and worked out examples than competing textbooks
  • Combines classical concepts with most up-to-date developments
  • Offers complete nonlinear self-consistent models of astrophysical phenomena
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library (ASSL, volume 388)

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This book presents the fundamental concepts of the theory, illustrated by numerous examples of astrophysical applications. Classical concepts are combined with new developments and the authors demarcate what is well established and what is still under debate. To book illustrates how apparently complicated phenomena can be addressed and understood using well-known physical principles and equations within appropriate approximations and simplifications. For this purpose, a number of astrophysical examples are considered in greater detail than what is normally presented in a regular textbook. In particular, a number of nonlinear self-consistent models are considered, which is motivated by the latest observational data and modern theory.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


From the reviews:

“The present textbook gives a deep and detailed overview of the plasma behavior under various astrophysical conditions where electromagnetic interactions play an essential role. … The textbook is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, but it may also be used as a reference book by active researchers in astrophysics, space physics, and geophysics.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, zbMATH, Vol. 1269, 2013)

Authors and Affiliations

  • , Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA

    Gregory D. Fleishman

  • , Department of Theoretical Physics, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical Univ., St. Petersburg, Russia

    Igor N. Toptygin

About the authors

Gregory D. Fleishman is a Research Professor of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is connected to the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research which operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory in California. He has published 65 research aticles in refereed journals. Igor N. Toptygin is professor at Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University in Russia. He has published 52 research papers in English-language refereed journals.

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