Interplanetary Magnetohydrodynamics

Hardcover | July 6, 1995

byL. F. Burlaga

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Spacecraft such as the Pioneer, Vela, and Voyager have explored the interplanetary medium between the orbits of Mercury and Pluto. The insights derived from these missions have been successfully applied to magnetospheric, astro-solar, and cosmic ray physics. This book is an overview of theseinsights, using magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows as the framework for interpreting objects and processes observed in the interplanetary medium. Topics include various types of MHD shocks and interactions among them, tangential and rotational discontinuities, force-free field configurations, theformation of merged interaction regions associated with various types of flows, the destruction of flows, the growth of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and formation of a heliospheric vortex street, the development of multifractal fluctuations on various scales, and the evolution of multifractalintermittent turbulence. Students and researchers in astrophysics will value the data from these missions, which provide confirmation of many theoretical models of the interstellar medium.

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Spacecraft such as the Pioneer, Vela, and Voyager have explored the interplanetary medium between the orbits of Mercury and Pluto. The insights derived from these missions have been successfully applied to magnetospheric, astro-solar, and cosmic ray physics. This book is an overview of theseinsights, using magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) f...

Leonard F. Burlaga received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1966. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the NASA/Goddard Research Center in Maryland.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.49 × 6.3 × 0.83 inPublished:July 6, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195084721

ISBN - 13:9780195084726

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Large-Scale Magnetic Field3. Large-Scale Plasma4. Pressure Balance Structures5. Shocks6. Magnetic Clouds and Force-Free Magnetic Fields7. Corotating Streams and Interaction Regions8. Merged Interaction Regions9. Large-Scale Fluctuations10. Heliospheric Vortex Street

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"The main strength of this book is the wealth of observational data it provides....a detailed and useful compendium for the specialist and a rich guide to the literature." --Science