Quantitative Aspects of Magnetospheric Physics

  • L. R. Lyons
  • D. J. Williams

Part of the Geophysics and Astrophysics Monographs book series (GAAM, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. L. R. Lyons, D. J. Williams
    Pages 1-5
  3. L. R. Lyons, D. J. Williams
    Pages 6-27
  4. L. R. Lyons, D. J. Williams
    Pages 28-55
  5. L. R. Lyons, D. J. Williams
    Pages 56-132
  6. L. R. Lyons, D. J. Williams
    Pages 133-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-231

About this book


The discovery of the earth's radiation belts in 1957 marked the beginning of what is now known as magnetospheric physics. The field has evolved normally from an early discovery phase through a period of exploration and into an era of quantitative studies of the dynamics of magnetized plasmas as they occur in nature. Such environments are common throughout the universe and have been studied in varying detail at the sun, the planets, pulsars, and certain radio galaxies. The purpose of this book is to describe basic quantitative aspects of magnetospheric physics. We use selected examples from the earth's magnetosphere to show how theory and data together form a quantitative framework for magnetospheric research. We have tried to organize the material along the philosophy of starting simply and adding com­ plexity only as necessary. We have avoided controversial and relatively new research topics and have tried to use as examples physical processes generally accepted as important within the earth's magnetospheric system. However, even in some of our examples, the question of whether the physical process applied to a particular problem is the dominant process, has yet to be answered.


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Authors and affiliations

  • L. R. Lyons
    • 1
  • D. J. Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Environment LaboratoryNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Applied Physics LaboratoryJohns Hopkins UniversityLaurelUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8391-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2819-5
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