From Micro- to Macro-scales in the Heliosphere and Magnetosphere

  • Dastgeer Shaikh
  • Igor S. Veselovsky
  • Quanming M. Lu
  • Gary P. Zank
Part of the IAGA Special Sopron Book Series book series (IAGA, volume 4)


From a broader perspective, the heliosphere and planetary magnetospheres provide a test bed to explore the plasma physics of the Universe. In particular, the underlying nonlinear coupling of different spatial and temporal scales plays a key role in determining the structure and dynamics of space plasmas and electromagnetic fields. Plasmas and fields exhibit both laminar and turbulent properties, corresponding to either well organized or disordered states, and the development of quantitative theoretical and analytical descriptions from physics based first principles is a profound challenge. Limited observations and complications introduced by geometry and physical parameters conspire to complicate the problem. Dimensionless scaling analysis and statistical methods are universally applied common approaches that allow for the application of related ideas to multiple physical problems. We discuss several examples of the interplay between the scales in a variety of space plasma environments, as exemplified in the presentations of the IAGA session From Micro- to Macro-scales in the Heliosphere and Magnetospheres.


Solar Wind Inertial Range Solar Wind Plasma Whistler Wave Kinetic Alfven Wave 
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This study was fulfilled as a part of the Programs of the Russian Academy of Sciences: “Origin and Evolution of Stars and Galaxies” (P-04), “Solar Activity and Space Weather” (P-16, Part 3) and Plasma Processes in the Solar System (OFN-15), MSU Interdisciplinary Scientific Project and supported by the RFBR grants 07-02-00147, NSh-1255.2008.2. DS and GPZ acknowledge the partial support of NASA grants NNX09AB40G, NNX07AH18G, NNG05EC85C, NNX09AG63G, NNX08AJ21G, NNX09AB24G, NNX09AG29G, and NNX09AG62G. The authors are grateful to participants of the IAGA meeting in Sopron who provided their published materials used for the preparation of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dastgeer Shaikh
    • 1
  • Igor S. Veselovsky
    • 2
  • Quanming M. Lu
    • 3
  • Gary P. Zank
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and Physics DepartmentUniversity of AlabamaHuntsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Kobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear PhysicsMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.CAS Key Laboratory of Basic Plasma Physics, School of Earth and Space SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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