Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Geospace: The Theory of ULF Waves and their Interaction with Energetic Particles in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Geospace

The Theory of ULF Waves and their Interaction with Energetic Particles in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment, 1st Edition

By A.D.M. Walker

CRC Press

549 pages

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Hardback: 9780750309103
pub: 2004-10-30

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Solar-terrestrial physics deals with phenomena in the region of space between the surface of the Sun and the upper atmosphere of the Earth, a region dominated by matter in a plasma state. This area of physics describes processes that generate the solar wind, the physics of geospace and the Earth's magnetosphere, and the interaction of magnetospheric processes with the upper atmosphere. Such processes are important for energy transfer between the Sun and the terrestrial environment. Many of these processes are mediated by long period wave phenomena, which are usually treated by magnetohydrodynamic methods.

Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Geospace: The Theory of ULF Waves and Their Interaction with Energetic Particles in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment provides the theoretician and experimentalist with a coherent account of the important theoretical ideas that underpin current understanding of ultra-low-frequency wave phenomena in solar-terrestrial physics, and that may be used to address future problems. Brief accounts of observational results are included, as well as appendices describing some key mathematical techniques and magnetic field properties in detail

Written in a concise and clear manner, this book will prove valuable reading for advanced graduate students while active researchers in space plasma physics, solar physics, geophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics in need of a source of detailed information will also appreciate this work.


"The book by Walker gives a thoroughly comprehensive and clear account of the main ideas underpinning the behaviour of such waves in solar-terrestrial physics."

-Professor E.R. Priest, Contemporary Physics

Table of Contents

I Fundamentals of MHD Wave Theory

Basic Ideas of Thermodynamics and Electrodynamics

The Magnetohydrodynamic Approximation

Single Particle Motion in Electromagnetic Fields

Kinetic Theory of Plasmas

Fluid Behaviour

Equilibrium and Steady State Conditions

Harmonic Plane Waves in a Uniform, Loss-Free Plasma

Collisionless damping of MHD waves

Wave Packets and Energy Propagation in Uniform Media

Reflection and Transmission at Sharp Boundaries in Stationary Media

Slowly Varying Media

II The Solar-Terrestrial Environment

The Sun, the Solar Wind and the Magnetosphere

Observations of ULF Oscillations and Waves

III Waves in Solar Terrestrial Physics

MHD Wave Equations in Non-Uniform Media

Propagation in a Plane Stratified Medium

Standing Waves and Oscillations in a Cold Plasma

Standing Waves and Oscillations in a Compressional Plasma

Field Line Resonance in Low Pressure Plasmas

Mathematics of Field Line Resonance in Compressible Media

Cavity Oscillations and Waveguide Modes

Waves in Moving Media

Shock Waves

Magnetohydrodynamic Instability

Wave-Particle Interactions and Kinetic Effects

Last Words

IV Appendices

A Some Mathematical Techniques

B Properties of the Geomagnetic Field

C Fourier Analysis Techniques

D Wave Analysis Techniques

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SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCIENCE / Geophysics
SCIENCE / Physics