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Plasma astrophysics : kinetic processes in solar and stellar coronae

Author: A O Benz
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©2002.
Series: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 279.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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This thoroughly revised textbook is a basic introduction to plasma phenomena in solar and stellar coronae emphasizing non-MHD aspects. The natural way in which the author unifies observations and theory gives a wide perspective to the subject. An important feature is the lucidly written presentation of the fundamentals of plasma physics. The basic theory thus developed is then extended to some exemplary and  Read more...
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Benz, A.O.
Plasma astrophysics.
Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©2002
(DLC) 2002030049
(OCoLC)50314918
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A O Benz
ISBN: 030647719X 9780306477195 6610201722 9786610201723
OCLC Number: 51927821
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 301 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover --
Table of Contents --
Preface --
Chapter 1. Introduction --
1.1. The Solar Corona --
1.2. Dynamic Processes --
1.3. Stellar Coronae --
1.4. Fundamental Equations --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 2. Basic Concepts --
2.1. Single Particle Orbit --
2.2. Particle Trapping in Magnetic Fields --
2.3. Generation of Beams --
2.4. Debye Shielding --
2.5. Charge Oscillations and the Plasma Frequency --
2.6. Collisions --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 3. Magnetohydrodynamics --
3.1. Basic Statistics --
3.2. MHD Waves --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 4. Waves in a Cold, Collisionless Plasma --
4.1. Approximations and Assumptions --
4.2. Cold Plasma Modes --
4.3. Parallel Waves --
4.4. Perpendicular Propagation --
4.5. Oblique Propagation and Overview --
4.6. Beam Mode --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 5. Kinetic Plasma and Particle Beams --
5.1. Radio Observations of Solar Electron Beams --
5.2. Waves and Instability in Kinetic Plasmas --
5.3. Plasma Waves in the Solar Corona --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 6. Astrophysical Electron Beams --
6.1. The Beam-Plasma System --
6.2. Non-Linear Evolution and Saturation --
6.3. Plasma Emission --
6.4. Hard X-Ray Emission of Beams --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 7. Ion Beams and Electromagnetic Instabilities --
7.1. Observations of Energetic Ions --
7.2. Electromagnetic Instabilities of Velocity Space Anisotropy --
7.3. Applications to Ion Beams --
7.4. Electrostatic Ion Beam Instabilities --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 8. Electrons Trapped in Magnetic Fields --
8.1. Observational Motivation --
8.2. Loss-Cone Instabilities --
8.3. Precipitation of Trapped Particles --
8.4. Observations of Trapped Electrons --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 9. Electric Currents --
9.1. Origin of Currents in Coronae --
9.2. Classical Conductivity and Particle Acceleration in Stable Currents --
9.3. Instabilities of Electric Currents --
9.4. Anomalous Conductivity, Heating, and Acceleration --
9.5. Observing Currents --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 10. Collisionless Shock Waves --
10.1. Elementary Concepts --
10.2. Collisionless Shocks in the Solar System --
10.3. Particle Acceleration and Heating by Shocks --
10.4. Stochastic Particle Acceleration --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Chapter 11. Propagation of Radiation --
11.1. Transfer Equation --
11.2. Collisional Absorption --
11.3. Dispersion Effects --
11.4. Scattering at Plasma Inhomogeneities --
11.5. Propagation in a Fibrous Medium --
Exercises --
Further Reading and References --
Appendix A. Mathematical Expressions --
Appendix B. Units --
Appendix C. Frequently Used Expressions --
Appendix D. Notation --
Author Index
Series Title: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 279.
Responsibility: by Arnold O. Benz.

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