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Auroral Physics - C. I. Meng

Auroral Physics

By: C. I. Meng (Editor), M. J. Rycroft (Editor), L. A. Frank (Editor)

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Published: 29th March 2012
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Auroral physics is a subject that has seen considerable change and development over the past twenty years, particularly because of its importance to space research and the exploration of the near earth environment. In July 1988, a conference held at St. Johns College, Cambridge, celebrated the centenary of Sydney Chapman, the founder of the subject in its modern form, and brought together an international group of experts in the field to discuss important developments and the likely directions of future research. Auroral Physics gives a comprehensive overview of the subject, and puts forward some important new ideas.

'[This book] aims ... to 'stimulate future research in auroral research, and to interest young scientists in further auroral investigations', such a goal is certainly reached thanks to the excellent review papers, written by people that are not only specialists in their own fields, but also in the communication of the relevant results achieved there. ... Little room is left for doubt that, owing to their perseverance, present and new generations of scientists will learn interesting things from this mammoth book.' Salvatore Esposito, Contemporary Physics
"This multi-author compendium, better than most of its breed, is well arranged by its editors, and the numerous references made to its contents in recent literature attest to its usefulness to specialists. Its depiction of the struggle to develop a comprehensive understanding of the substorm also is of interest to plasma physicists at large." T. Neil Davis, Science
"...an auroral scientist should find the collection a convenient source of information on the various aspects of the field." D. R. Bates, Planetary and Space Science
"...very informative and useful for students and researchers interested not only in auroral physics, but in magnetosphere/ionosphere/atmosphere processes also." Yn. N. Korenkov, Pageoph
"[This book] aims ... to "stimulate future research in auroral research, and to interest young scientists in further auroral investigations", such a goal is certainly reached thanks to the excellent review papers, written by people that are not only specialists in their own fields, but also in the communication of the relevant results achieved there. ... Little room is left for doubt that, owing to their perseverance, present and new generations of scientists will learn interesting things from this mammoth book." Salvatore Esposito, Contemporary Physics

Preface
Participants
Introductory Observations:
Auroral phenomena
Aurural Spectoscopy and Thermosphere:
Overview of auroral spectroscopy
Auroral excitation processes
Auroral emission processes and remote sensing
Thermospheric response and feedback to auroral inputs
Thermospheric dynamics, energetics and composition at auroral latitudes
Auroral Particles and Acceleration Mechanisms:
Overview of electron and ion precipitation in the auroral oval
Diagnosis of auroral acceleration mechanisms by particle measurements
Characteristics of magnetic-field aligned electric fields in the auroral acceleration region
Auroral electron acceleration: a case for the stochastic alternative
Auroral ion acceleration and its relationship to ion composition
Ion precipitation and the transport of ions accelerated by auroral processes
Auroras and Magnetospheric Configuation:
What determines the size of the auroral oval?
The quiet-time aurora and the magnetospheric configuration
Discrete auroras and magnetatail processes
Auroral luminosity and its relationship to magnetospheric plasma domains
The aurora and middle magnetospheric processes
Auroral plasma waves
Aurural Substorms and Dynamics:
Overview of observations and models of auroral substorms
Diagnosis of auroral dynamics using global aurora imaging with emphasis on large-scale evolutions
Diagnosis of auroral dynamics using global auroral imaging with emphasis on localized and transient features
Poleward motions of auroral structures
A magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling theory of substorms including magnetotail dynamics
Auroral Structures:
Overview of auroral spatial scales
Mesoscale structures in auroral phenomena
The pulsating aurora and its relationship to fields and charged-particle precipitation
Electrodynamics of active auroral forms: westward traveling surges and omega bands
Large-scale distribution of discrete auroras and field-aligned currents
Aurora and Ionosphere:
The auroral electrojets: relative importance of ionspheric conductivities and electric fields
Large-scale currents connecting the polar ionosphere with the magnetosphere
Ionosphere-magnetosphere mapping of dynamic auroral structures during substorms
Incoherent scatter observations of the auroral ionosphere with the EISCAT radar facility
Ground-based measurements of joule heating rates
Global observations: a future research thrust in auroral and magnetospheric research
Index
Colour plates
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ISBN: 9780521157414
ISBN-10: 0521157412
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 518
Published: 29th March 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.0  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 1.15