Introduction to Space Physics



Textbooks and popular science books that describe the broad field of space plasma physics are increasingly important as the space physics community seeks to broaden its base of support among both scientists and the public. Introduction to Space Physics is such a text; it provides a survey of space physics observation and theory meant for the upper division or graduate level student who is well-versed in standard classical mechanics and electromagnetism but has not been exposed to the variety of phenomena that occur in space. The text is based on a series of lectures given at UCLA in 1990 by experts in areas ranging from the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) processes on the Sun and in the solar wind to the solar wind interactions with both magnetized and unmagnetized planets, ULF and plasma waves, and the collisional and chemical processes in planetary ionospheres.