Basics of the solar wind

Nicole Meyer-Vernet

The Sun continually ejects matter into space, blowing a huge bubble of supersonic plasma. This solar wind bathes the whole solar system and shapes all planetary environments. The growth of space technology has considerably increased our knowledge of this medium. This 2007 book presents an introduction to the subject, starting with basic principles and including all the latest advances from space exploration and theory. It contains a short introduction to plasma physics and discusses the structure of the solar interior and atmosphere, the production of solar wind and its perturbations. It explains the objects of the Solar System, from dust to comets and planets, and their interaction with the solar wind. The final sections explore the astrophysical point of view. The topics are treated at various levels of difficulty both qualitatively and quantitatively. This book will appeal to graduate students and researchers in earth and atmospheric sciences, and astrophysics.

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  • Preface
  • 1. The wind from the sun: an introduction
  • 2. Toolkit for space plasma physics
  • 3. Anatomy of the sun
  • 4. The outer solar atmosphere
  • 5. How does the solar wind blow?
  • 6. Structure and perturbations
  • 7. Bodies in the wind: dust, asteroids, planets and comets
  • 8. The solar wind in the universe
  • Index.

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書名 Basics of the solar wind
著作者等 Meyer-Vernet Nicole
シリーズ名 Cambridge atmospheric and space science series
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2007
ページ数 xiv, 463 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 9780521814201
NCID BA80831311
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス