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Carl Størmer

Auroral Pioneer

  • Alv Egeland
  • William J. Burke

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 393)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 1-7
  3. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 9-28
  4. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 29-107
  5. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 109-114
  6. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 115-118
  7. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 119-127
  8. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 129-133
  9. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 135-145
  10. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 147-158
  11. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 159-163
  12. Alv Egeland, William J. Burke
    Pages 165-174
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 175-195

About this book

Introduction

This biography summarizes the seminal contributions to auroral and space science of Carl Størmer (1874 - 1957). He was the first to develop precise photographic methods to calculate heights and morphologies of diverse auroral forms during four solar cycles. Størmer independently devised numerical techniques to determine the trajectories of high-energy charged particles allowed and forbidden in the Earth’s magnetic field. His theoretical analyses explained cosmic ray access to the upper atmosphere, 20 years before they were identified by other scientists. Størmer’s crowning achievement, “The Polar Aurora,” published when he was 81 years old, stands to this day as a regularly cited guide in graduate-level courses on space physics.
 
The authors present the life of this prodigious scientist in relation to the cultural life of early 20th century in Norway and to the development of the space sciences in the post-Sputnik era.

Keywords

Allowed/forbidden Regions of Space Auroral Colors and Dynamics Auroral Morphology Biography of Carl Størmer Carl Størmer - The Polar Aurora Cosmic Rays History of Space Science Radiation Belts Solar-terrestrial Interactions

Authors and affiliations

  • Alv Egeland
    • 1
  • William J. Burke
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2., Institute for Scientific ResearchBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-31457-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-31456-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-31457-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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