Spontaneous Current Sheets in Magnetic Fields: With Applications to Stellar X-rays

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byEugene N. Parker

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Expanding upon the ideas first proposed in his seminal book Cosmical Magnetic Fields, Eugene N. Parker here offers the first in-depth treatment of the magnetohydrodynamic theory of spontaneous magnetic discontinuities. In detailing his theory of the spontaneous formation of tangentialdiscontinuities (current sheets) in a magnetic field embedded in highly conducting plasma, Parker shows how it can be used to explain the activity of the external magnetic fields of planets, stars, interstellar gas clouds, and galaxies, as well as the magnetic fields in laboratory plasmas.Provocative and fascinating, Spontaneous Current Sheets in Magnetic Fields presents a bold new theory that will excite interest and discussion throughout the space physics community.

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Expanding upon the ideas first proposed in his seminal book Cosmical Magnetic Fields, Eugene N. Parker here offers the first in-depth treatment of the magnetohydrodynamic theory of spontaneous magnetic discontinuities. In detailing his theory of the spontaneous formation of tangentialdiscontinuities (current sheets) in a magnetic fiel...

Eugene N. Parker is S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago. One of the founders of the field of space plasma physics, Professor Parker is the recipient of many honors, including the United States National Medal of Science and election...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 1.18 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Field Equations3. Invariance, Degeneracy and Continuous Equations4. Formal Structure of the Magnetostatic Equations5. Direct Integration of Equilibrium Equations6. Examples of Field Discontinuities7. The Optical Analogy8. Topology of Tangential Discontinuities9. Fluid Motions10. Effects of Resistivity11. Solar X-ray Emission

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"A major work that should be read by anyone interested in magnetohydrodynamics or plasma astrophysics. It will be an influential book for a long time to come." --Science