Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Waves in Space Plasmas
The compendium "Waves in Space Plasmas" is an introduction aimed at
advanced physics undergraduate students, written
by Anders Eriksson
and used in different versions for Space Physics courses at Uppsala
since 1990. The emphasis is on the basic
physics, following the philosophy that
an application to some space phenomenon should follow immediately
on the introduction of a new theroretical concept. Dispersion
relations are regarded as tools for understanding, not as the
endpoint of analysis (though quite a large fraction of the 239
equations are devoted to their derivation). There is almost
no kinetic theory, and waves in magnetized plasmas are treated
in the ideal MHD description only. There are 26 figures (very artistic,
I must say) and 29 problems.
The present version 0.7.3 is dated April 21, 2004, differing
from previous version 0.7.2 only in corrections to two of the problems.
Thanks to all who have pointed out errors in this and previous
versions, particularly to
Daniel Söderström and Alessandro Retino.
Any further comments and error reports are most welcome. If
you use the compendium, I
would be happy for a mail telling me, as it is much nicer to work
on the text when you know somebody is using it.
Numbers: 5 chapters, 54 pages, 26 figures, 29 problems, 239
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Latest update 2004-04-21