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Fundamentals of Cosmic Electrodynamics : Astrophysics and Space Science Library - Boris V. Somov

Fundamentals of Cosmic Electrodynamics

Astrophysics and Space Science Library

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Published: 31st July 1994
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Cosmic electrodynamics is the specific branch of plasma physics which studies electromagnetic phenomena -- mostly the role of electromagnetic forces in dynamics of highly-conducting compressible medium in the solar interior and atmosphere, solar wind, in the Earth's magnetosphere and magnetospheres of other planets as well as pulsars and other astrophysical objects.
This textbook is written to be used at several different levels. It is aimed primarily at beginning graduate students who are assumed to have a knowledge of basic physics. Starting from the language of plasma physics, from Maxwell's equations, the author guides the reader into the more specialized concepts of cosmic electrodynamics.
The main attention in the book is paid to physics rather than maths. However, the clear mathematical image of physical processes in space plasma is presented and spelled out in the surrounding text. There is not another way to work in modern astrophysics at the quantitative level.
The book will also be useful for professional astronomers and for specialists, who investigate cosmic plasmas from space, as well as for everybody who is interested in modern astrophysics.

Preface
Introductionp. 1
Charged Particles in the Electromagnetic Fieldp. 5
The Motion of a Charged Particle in Given Fieldsp. 15
Coulomb Collisions of Particlesp. 47
Statistical Description of a Plasmap. 59
Hydrodynamic Description of a Plasmap. 81
Magnetohydrodynamicsp. 101
Plasma Flows in a Strong Magnetic Fieldp. 117
Waves and Discontinuous Flows in a MHD Mediump. 135
Evolutionarity of MHD discontinuitiesp. 167
Plasma Equilibrium in a Magnetic Fieldp. 179
Stationary Plasma Flows in a Magnetic Fieldp. 197
Magnetic Reconnection in Current Sheetsp. 221
Evolutionarity of current sheetsp. 249
Tearing Instability of the Reconnecting Current Sheetp. 273
Selected Trends in Cosmic Electrodynamicsp. 297
Reconnection of Electric Currentsp. 307
Appendix 1. Notationp. 325
Appendix 2. Useful Expressionsp. 333
Appendix 3. Constantsp. 335
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780792329190
ISBN-10: 0792329198
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 31st July 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.57