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By Boris V. Somov;B. V. Somov

This two-part booklet is dedicated to vintage basics and present practices and views of recent plasma astrophysics. this primary half uniquely covers all of the uncomplicated rules and sensible instruments required for knowing and paintings in plasma astrophysics. greater than 25% of the textual content is up to date from the 1st version, together with new figures, equations and full sections on subject matters reminiscent of magnetic reconnection and the Grad-Shafranov equation.

The publication is aimed toward specialist researchers in astrophysics, however it may also be valuable to graduate scholars in area sciences, geophysics, utilized physics and arithmetic, specially these looking a unified view of plasma physics and fluid mechanics.

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Maxwell’s equations for the electric field E and magnetic field B are well known to have the form (see Landau and Lifshitz 1975, Chap. 4, Sect. 30) Here B and E are the exact magnetic and electric fields. The fields are completely determined by electric charges and electric currents. 6). t/, see Fig. 6. 32) i D1 ei e1 vi (t) ri (t) Fig. 34) Let us count the number of unknown quantities: the vectors B; E; ri ; and vi . N C 1/. N C 1/ C 2. Therefore two equations seem to be unnecessary. Why is this so?

2). Rewrite the Liouville theorem by using the Hamilton equations instead of the Newton equations. Answer. 25) in the Hamilton form (see Landau and Lifshitz 1976, Chap. 7, Sect. P; q/ is the Hamiltonian of the system under consideration, q˛ and P˛ are the generalized coordinates and momenta, respectively. 11) by the generalized variables q and P. 47) Therefore, from a mathematical point of view, the Liouville equation represents the linear differential equation in partial derivatives of the first order, for which the characteristic equations coincide with the Hamilton equations.

E. the energy flux density for electromagnetic field. This is called the Poynting vector. 52) is the power of work done by the electric field on all the charged particles in the unit volume of space. 6)). 56) Compare this simple approach to the energy conservation law for charged particles and an electromagnetic field with the more general situation considered in Sect. 3. 7 (Sect. 2). 35). Answer. 35). 57) Chapter 2 Statistical Description of Interacting Particle Systems Abstract In a system which consists of many interacting particles, the statistical mechanism of “mixing” in phase space works and makes description of the system’s behavior on average more simple.

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