Magnetohydrodynamics of the Cosmic Plasma

  • Gregory D. Fleishman
  • Igor N. Toptygin
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 388)


Table 1.1 shows that the cosmic media can have very different properties as their parameters vary within exceptionally broad ranges. In particular, the gas ionization can vary from almost zero (neutral media, e.g., clouds of cold neutral hydrogen) to almost unity (fully ionized plasma). It is worthwhile, therefore, to start with a simpler case of equation set for the neutral gas. We assume that the reader is familiar with the hydrodynamics (HD) fundamentals, so we just remind the equations and briefly discuss the meaning of the terms entering them without going into the detail too deeply. The relation of HD to the kinetic theory has been outlined in Sect. 1.3.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory D. Fleishman
    • 1
  • Igor N. Toptygin
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsSt. Petersburg State Polytechnical UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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