Solar system plasma physics by J. H. Waite Jr., J. L. Burch, R. L. Moore

By J. H. Waite Jr., J. L. Burch, R. L. Moore

Published by means of the yankee Geophysical Union as a part of the Geophysical Monograph sequence, quantity 54.

Science comprises a good orchestrated interaction among conception and scan. prior unexplained observations recommend new inquiries to be requested, and answering those questions time and again calls for new observational thoughts or at the least new functions of outdated ideas. sun method plasma physics is a vintage instance of the clinical technique at paintings and has benefited from the swift technological exploration of our close to house surroundings during the last 35 years. This ebook is a 1988 photo of the medical strategy in sun procedure plasma physics. it's dependent via a sequence of medical questions. lower than each one of those headings are theoretical papers which evaluate the pertinent technology and correctly formulate the query in particular observational phrases. those are by means of experimental papers which tackle the current country of observational suggestions which might be used to enquire those impressive difficulties. furthermore, introductory papers provide overviews of the fields of sun physics and magnetospheric physics; every one addresses itself, as a type of brief direction in its respective self-discipline, to scientists from the opposite discipline.

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Physically, the prescribed quantities are properties endowed by the induction equation (9) as a result of a particular evolutionary history of the magnetic field. The details of the actual evolution are not relevant. The topology of the magnetic field is completely fixed in terms of the topology of the initial field and the footpoint motions at z = 0 that account for the change in topology through equation (9). What makes this problem formidable is the unavailability of a convenient mathematical description of the topology of an arbitrary threedimensional magnetic field.

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