Basic Space Plasma Physics

Basic Space Plasma Physics by W. Baumjohann 186094079X 9781860940798
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This textbook deals with the requirements of space physics. The first part starts with a description of the Earths plasma environment, followed by a derivation of single particle motions in electromagnetic fields, with applications to the Earths magnetosphere. Then the origin and effects of collisions and conductivities, formation of the ionosphere, magnetospheric convection and dynamics, and solar wind-magnetosphere coupling are discussed.The second part of the book presents a more theoretical foundation of plasma physics, starting from kinetic theory. Introducing moments of the distribution function permits derivation of the fluid equations, followed by an analysis of fluid boundaries, with the Earths magnetopause and bow shock as examples. Finally, fluid and kinetic theory are applied to derive the relevant wave modes in a plasma.A representative selection of the many space plasma instabilities and relevant aspects of nonlinear theory is given in a companion textbook, Advanced Space Plasma Physics, by the same authors.

Author: W. Baumjohann

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 340

Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc

Publication Date: 1996-12-01

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