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Space Physics Lecture Notes

From the Course ”Rymdfysik I”

Anders I. Eriksson Department of Astronomy and Space Physics Uppsala University

October 2002

Lightly edited lecture notes on some contents of the course which are insufficently treated in the course book. Small corrections done 2006-01-30.

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Contents

      • 2.2.1

        The sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 2.2.2

        The solar wind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 2.2.3

        Ionospheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 2.2.4

        Magnetospheres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Plasmas

    • 3.1

      Existence of plasma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • 3.2

      Interactions in plasmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • 3.3

      Particle description of plasmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • 3.4

      Statistical description of plasmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • 3.5

      Fluid description of plasmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.1

        Fluid parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.2

        Fluid in equilibrium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.3

        Electrostatic (Debye) shielding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.4

        Equation of continuity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.5

        Equation of motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      • 3.5.6

        Convective derivative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What is space physics?

A very short tour of the major solar system

plasmas

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