Solar-Terrestrial Physics: The Study of Mankind's Newest Frontier Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) has been around for 100 years. However, it only became known as a scientific discipline under that name when the physical domain studied by STP became accessible to in situ observation and measurement by man or man-made instruments. Indeed, it was STP that provided the initial scientific driving force for the launching of man-made devices into extra-terrestrial space during the International Geophysical Year - aided of course by the genetically engrained drive of humans to expand their frontiers of knowledge, influence and dominance. We may define STP as the discipline dealing with the variable components of solar corpuscular and electromagnetic emissions, the physical processes governing their sources and their propagation through interplanetary space, and the physical-chemical processes related to their interaction with the Earth and other bodies in interplanetary space.
Much of STP deals with fully-or partially-ionized gas flows and related energy, momentum and mass transfer in what now appears as one single system made up of distinct but strongly interacting parts, reaching from the photosphere out to the confines of the heliopause, engulfing planets and other solar system bodies, and dipping deep into 6 the Earth's atmosphere.
I: Solar Activity.- Coronal Disturbances and their Terrestrial Effects (Tutorial Lecture).- Plasma-Physical Aspects of the Solar Cycle.- Electrodynamics of the Outer Solar Atmosphere.- Dynamics of the Preflare Magnetic Field.- II: Solar Wind and Interplanetary Disturbances.- Solar Wind Theory.- Propagation of Solar Disturbances: Theories and Models.- Direct Correlations between Coronal Transients and Interplanetary Disturbances.- Observations of Interplanetary Shocks: Recent Progress.- III: Shock Acceleration Processes and Cosmic Rays.- Ion Acceleration at Shocks in Interplanetary Space: A Brief Review of Recent Observations.- Solar Cycle Variations of Cosmic Ray Intensity and Large-Scale Structure of the Heliosphere.- Theoretical Studies of Interplanetary Propagation and Acceleration.- Upstream Waves and Particles (Tutorial Lecture).- IV: Solar Wind-Magetosphere Coupling.- Solar Wind Disturbances and the Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Energy Coupling Function.- IMF Control of the Earth's Magnetosphere.- Magnetic Structure of the Boundary Layer.- Plasma Processes within the Magnetosphere Boundaries.- V: Ring Current, Plasmasphere and Wave-Particle Interactions.- The Earth's Ring Current: Causes, Generation and Decay (Tutorial Lecture).- The Connection between Radiation Belt and Auroral Processes.- Plasmasphere and its Interaction with the Ring Current.- Wave Generation in the Terrestrial Magnetosphere.- Wave Particle Interactions as an Energy Transfer Mechanism between Different Particle Species.- Spacecraft Charging Effects.- VI: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interactions and Terrestrial Effects.- Electric Fields in the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere.- Electric Currents and Voltage Drops along Auroral Field Lines.- Dynamics of the Disturbed Ionosphere (Tutorial Lecture).- Ionospheric Disturbances Resulting from Ion-Neutral Coupling.- Geomagnetic Induction Effects in Ground-Based Systems.- VII: Thermo Sphere/Middle Atmosphere.- Dynamics of the Middle Atmosphere (Tutorial Lecture).- Solar Variability and Minor Constituents in the Lower Thermosphere and in the Mesosphere.- Circulation and Waves in the Middle Atmosphere in Winter.- Meteorological Control of the D-Region (Tutorial Lecture).- NO and Temperature Control of the D Region.
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 31st March 1983
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 34