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Overview

Auroral physics is a subject that has seen considerable change and development over the past twenty years, particularly because of its importance to space research and the exploration of the near earth environment. In July 1988, a conference held at St. Johns College, Cambridge, celebrated the centenary of Sydney Chapman, the founder of the subject in its modern form, and brought together an international group of experts in the field to discuss important developments and the likely directions of future research. Auroral Physics gives a comprehensive overview of the subject, and puts forward some important new ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521157414
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 518
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Participants; Part I. Introductory Observations: 1. Auroral phenomena S.-I. Akasofu; Part II. Aurural Spectoscopy and Thermosphere: 2. Overview of auroral spectroscopy A. Vallance Jones; 3. Auroral excitation processes M. H. Rees and D. Lummerzheim; 4. Auroral emission processes and remote sensing R. R. Mrier and D. J. Strickland; 5. Thermospheric response and feedback to auroral inputs D. Rees and T. J. Fuller-Rowell; 6. Thermospheric dynamics, energetics and composition at auroral latitudes T. L. Killeen, F. G. McCormac, A. G. Burns and R. G. Roble; Part III. Auroral Particles and Acceleration Mechanisms: 7. Overview of electron and ion precipitation in the auroral oval P. T. Newell, C.-I. Meng and D. A. Hardy; 8. Diagnosis of auroral acceleration mechanisms by particle measurements J. L. Burch; 9. Characteristics of magnetic-field aligned electric fields in the auroral acceleration region L. P. Block and C.-G. Fälthammar; 10. Auroral electron acceleration: a case for the stochastic alternative D. A. Bryant, D. S. Hall and R. Bingham; 11. Auroral ion acceleration and its relationship to ion composition E. G. Shelley and H. L. Collin; 12. Ion precipitation and the transport of ions accelerated by auroral processes J. M. Bosqued; Part IV. Auroras and Magnetospheric Configuation: 13. What determines the size of the auroral oval? G. L. Siscoe; 14. The quiet-time aurora and the magnetospheric configuration R. Lundin, L. Eliasson and J. S. Murphree; 15. Discrete auroras and magnetatail processes L. R. Lyons; 16. Auroral luminosity and its relationship to magnetospheric plasma domains Yu. I. Galperin and Ya. I. Feldstein; 17. The aurora and middle magnetospheric processes B. H. Mauk and C.-I. Meng; 18. Auroral plasma waves D. A. Gurnett; Part V. Aurural Substorms and Dynamics: 19. Overview of observations and models of auroral substorms G. Rostoker; 20. Diagnosis of auroral dynamics using global aurora imaging with emphasis on large-scale evolutions J. D. Craven and L. A. Frank; 21. Diagnosis of auroral dynamics using global auroral imaging with emphasis on localized and transient features G. G. Shepherd and J. S. Murphree; 22. Poleward motions of auroral structures E. W. Hones, Jr., A. B. Galvin and P. R. Higbie; 23. A magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling theory of substorms including magnetotail dynamics J. R. Kan, L. Zhu, A. T. Y. Lui and S.-I. Akasofu; Part VI. Auroral Structures: 24. Overview of auroral spatial scales D. J. Gourney; 25. Mesoscale structures in auroral phenomena O. A. Troshichev; 26. The pulsating aurora and its relationship to fields and charged-particle precipitation P. J. Tanskanen; 27. Electrodynamics of active auroral forms: westward traveling surges and omega bands W. Baumjohann; 28. Large-scale distribution of discrete auroras and field-aligned currents E. Friis-Christensen and K. Lassen; Part VII. Aurora and Ionosphere: 29. The auroral electrojets: relative importance of ionspheric conductivities and electric fields Y. Kamide; 30. Large-scale currents connecting the polar ionosphere with the magnetosphere T. Iijima; 31. Ionosphere-magnetosphere mapping of dynamic auroral structures during substorms E. Nielson; 32. Incoherent scatter observations of the auroral ionosphere with the EISCAT radar facility J. Röttger; 33. Ground-based measurements of joule heating rates O. de la Beaujardiére, R. Johnson and V. B. Wickwar; 34. Global observations: a future research thrust in auroral and magnetospheric research D. J. Williams; Index; Colour plates.

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