Transport Processes in Space Physics and Astrophysics - Lecture Notes in Physics 877 (Paperback)Gary P. Zank (author)
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For numerous interesting and challenging space physics and astrophysics problems, there is a need to describe the "long-term" behavior of systems governed by macroscopic laws and microscopic randomness. A random event has an outcome that is uncertain and unpredictable, yet the collective behavior of a system can be governed by well defined mathematical and physical principles. Examples of physical problems include the behavior of gases in the presence of microscopic inter-particle collisions, the evolution of a gas of charged protons and electrons (a plasma), the collective propagation of solar energetic particles or cosmic rays in a magnetically turbulent medium, the collective behavior of dust in an accretion disk subject to coagulation and destruction, the evolution of low-frequency magnetic field turbulence in the inhomogeneous solar wind, or the transport of photos in a partially ionized interstellar medium. This book provides graduate students with a unified introduction to the physics of collective phenomena or transport processes for gases (charged and uncharged), fields, and photons in a space physics or astrophysics context.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 541 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
Edition: 2014 ed.
"Undoubtedly provide a valuable theoretical resource for researchers in space physics and astrophysics, written by authors who are clearly deeply immersed in their subject material." (S. W. H. Cowley, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1254), October, 2016)
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