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Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Geospace
The Theory of ULF Waves and their Interaction with Energetic Particles in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment

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ISBN 9780750309103
Published October 30, 2004 by CRC Press
549 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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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Walker, A.D.M.


"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