Solar System Plasmas in Space and Time

Solar System Plasmas in Space and Time

Editor(s): J. L. Burch, J. H. Waite

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875900414

Online ISBN: 9781118663851

DOI: 10.1029/GM084

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 84.

Solar system plasmas are highly structured and dynamic and are characterized by great variability in both space and time. The variations in their spatial distribution and temporal evolution occur on a variety of scales, ranging from kilometers (ion gyroradius) to hundreds of thousands of kilometers (coronal mass ejections) and from microseconds (electron plasma frequency) to years (solar sunspot cycle). Space plasma physicists seeking to understand the complex plasma phenomena that occur at the Sun, in the solar wind, and in the magnetospheres and ionospheres of the Earth and other solar system bodies thus face twin challenges. First, they must distinguish variations that are spatial in nature from those that are temporal. The heavy reliance in past investigations on singlepoint in situ measurements has significantly limited their ability to do this. Second, space physicists must elucidate the interrelationships among micro-, meso-, and macroscale plasma phenomena, relationships that organize the various solar system plasmas into a single heliospheric plasma system embedded in the interstellar medium. Here, too, experimental limitations have constrained the development of a global picture of solar system plasmas. However, new technologies promise a significant advance in our understanding of the interconnectedness of solar system plasmas.

Table of contents

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    2. The Structure and Dynamics of the Plasma Sheet During the Galileo Earth-1 Flyby (pages 149–154)

      G. D. Reeves, T. A. Fritz, R. D. Belian, R. W. Mcentire, D. J. Williams, E. C. Roelof, M. G. Kivelson and B. Wilken

    3. Structure of the Venus Tail (pages 207–220)

      O. Vaisberg, V. Smirnov, A. O. Fedorov, L. Avanov, F. Dunjushkin, J. G. Luhmann and C. T. Russell

    4. First High-Resolution Measurements by the Freja Satellite (pages 247–264)

      R. Lundin, L. Eliasson, O. Norberg, G. Marklund, L. R. Zanetti, B. A. Whalen, B. Holback, J. S. Murphree, G. Haerendel, M. Boehm and G. Paschmann