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3. BASIC SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS BY W. BAUMJOHANN & R. A. TREUMANN
(MPE GARCHING)
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From: bj@mpecl.plasma.mpe-garching.mpg.de (Wolfgang Baumjohann)
This new textbook collects and expands lecture notes from a two-semester
course. However, the first part can also be used for a one-semester
undergraduate course and research scientists may find the later chapters
helpful. The book is written in a self-contained way and most of the material
is presented including the basic steps of derivation so that the reader can
follow without need to consult original sources. Some of the more involved
mathematical derivations are given in the appendix. Special emphasis has been
placed on providing instructive figures. Figures with original measurements
are scarce and mostly redrawn in a more schematic way.
The first five chapters provide an introduction into space physics, based on a
mixture of simple theory and a description of the wealth of space plasma
phenomena. A concise description of the Earth's plasma environment is followed
by a derivation of single particle motion in electromagnetic fields, adiabatic
invariants, and applications to the Earth's magnetosphere and ring current.
Then the origin and effects of collisions and conductivities and the formation
of the ionosphere are discussed. Ohm's law and the frozen-in concept are
introduced on a heuristic basis. The first part ends with an introduction into
magnetospheric dynamics, including convection electric fields, current
systems, substorms, and other macroscopic aspects of solar wind-magnetosphere
and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling.
The second part of the book presents a more rigorous theoretical foundation of
space plasma physics, yet still contains many applications to space physics.
It starts from kinetic theory, which is built on the Klimontovich approach.
Introducing moments of the distribution function allows the derivation of the
single and multi-fluid equations, followed by a discussion of fluid boundaries
and shocks, with the Earth's magnetopause and bow shock as examples. Both,
fluid and kinetic theory are then applied to derive the relevant wave modes in
a plasma, again with applications from space physics.
The material presented in the present book is extended in "Advanced Space
Plasma Physics", by Treumann & Baumjohann (Imperial College Press, in press).
This companion textbook gives a representative selection of the many macro-
and microinstabilities in a plasma, from the Rayleigh-Taylor and
Kelvin-Helmholtz to the electrostatic and electromagnetic instabilities, and a
comprehensive overview on the nonlinear aspects relevant for space plasma
physics, e.g., wave-particle interaction, solitons, and anomalous
transport.
Contents: Introduction; Single Particle Motion; Trapped Particles; Collisions
and Conductivity; Convection and Substorms; Elements of Kinetic Theory;
Magnetohydrodynamics; Flows and Discontinuities; Waves in Plasma Fluids; Wave
Kinetic Theory (330 pages).
Readership: Undergraduates, graduates and researchers in space physics
Imperial College Press, London 1996, ISBN 1-86094-017-X, price US$58/UK#41
For further information see: http://www.mpe-garching.mpg.de/bj/bspp.html