The Solar Corona

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 2010 - 390 pagina's
Intended for graduate students and astronomers seeking an introduction to coronal physics, this textbook strikes a balance between the observational and theoretical aspects of the subject. This second edition takes into account the major observational and theoretical developments of recent years to provide an up-to-date treatment of our understanding of the solar corona. After reviewing the latest observations of the solar corona, the authors explain how the studies have advanced and shaped our understanding of coronal physics. The textbook introduces a wide variety of exciting physics, including dynamo theory and magnetohydrodynamics, and shows how the transient effects of the solar cycle affect space weather. Each subject area is introduced using basic physics, and refers readers to fundamental papers on the topic, key new studies in each area, and extensive discussions in recent review articles.
 

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Introduction
1
11 The solar corona
4
12 Solar magnetism and the corona
7
13 Coronae of stars
13
Brief history of coronal studies
21
22 The rise and fall of coronium
35
23 Early solar photography
38
24 Spectroscopic observations
41
Activity of the inner corona
197
71 Observations of structure and variability
198
72 The MHD approximation
215
73 Loop model atmospheres
229
74 Mechanisms of coronal heating
235
Observations from space II Recent missions
246
82 The Transition Region and Coronal Explorer
252
83 Techniques for soft xray imaging
255

The coronal spectrum
47
31 Observations
48
32 Basic principles of spectroscopy
51
33 Radiation from hot plasmas
64
The solar cycle
86
42 Coronal structure
93
43 Magnetic field generation
104
Groundbased observations
116
52 Observatories and coronagraphs
135
53 Radio wavelength observations
141
54 Plasma properties
144
55 The solar corona at radio wavelengths
153
Observations from space I The first four decades
165
62 The early days
166
63 The Skylab mission
173
64 ActiveSun missions
185
84 The Hinode mission
266
85 The Solar Dynamics Observatory
271
The solar wind
274
92 How the corona affects the Earth
293
Solar flares and coronal mass ejections
297
101 Solar flares
298
102 The standard model
302
103 Flare observations
310
104 Stellar flares
326
105 Coronal mass ejections
331
Notes
346
References
353
Further reading
379
Index
380
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Over de auteur (2010)

Leon Golub is Senior Astrophysicist in the High Energy Division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He specializes in studies of solar and stellar magnetic activity, and has built numerous rocket and satellite instruments to study the Sun and its dynamic behavior.

Jay M. Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, and Chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Eclipses. He has observed 48 solar eclipses and has studied the Sun in many parts of the spectrum.

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