Coronal Seismology: Waves and Oscillations in Stellar Coronae

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John Wiley & Sons, May 14, 2012 - Science - 221 pages
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This concise and systematic account of the current state of this new branch of astrophysics presents the theoretical foundations of plasma astrophysics, magneto-hydrodynamics and coronal magnetic structures, taking into account the full range of available observation techniques – from radio to gamma.

The book discusses stellar magnetic loops during flare energy releases, MHD waves and oscillations, plasma instabilities and heating and charged particle acceleration. Current trends and developments in MHD seismology of solar and stellar coronal plasma systems are also covered, while recent progress is presented in the observational study of quasiperiodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares with radio, optical, X and gamma rays. In addition, the authors investigate plasma instabilities and the origin of coherent radio emission from stellar loops, paying special attention to their fine structure.

From the contents:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Coronal magnetic loop as an equivalent electric circuit
  • Resonators for MHD oscillations in stellar coronae
  • Propagating MHD waves in coronal plasma waveguides
  • Prominence seismology
  • The coronal loop as a magnetic mirror trap
  • Flaring events in stellar coronal loops
  • Stellar coronal seismology as a diagnostic tool for flare plasma
  • Heating mechanisms in stellar coronae
  • Loops and QPOs in accretion disks and neutron stars
  • Conclusion

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This book gives an overview of the current state of coronal seismology in the sun and other stars aimed for post-graduate students and researchers in astrophysical plasmas. In addition, the book provides a wealth of theoretical foundations of plasma astrophysics, magneto-hydrodynamics and coronal magnetic structures and examples of interpretation of a wide range of electro-magnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma emission. The authors present some interesting current trends and developments in MHD seismology of solar and stellar coronal plasmas, also focusing on a recent progress in the observational study of quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares including the fine structure of oscillating loops. This book will be a very good help for advanced students and researchers in many aspects of plasma physics, in general, and in wave processes in the physical conditions relevant to flares and coronae of the sun and other stars, in particular. I definitely would recommend this book to my students and collaborators as a rather comprehensive guide to many processes in plasma physics where the authors are established as well-known specialists.
Prof. Valentina Zharkova, Department of Mathematics, University of Bradford, UK

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In many aspects, this is an excellent book that covers all relevant topics of solar physics. Whilst the title mentions only Coronal Seismology, Waves and Oscillations in Stellar Coronae, actually the book also covers many important aspects beyond the traditional "Solar MHD". There are rather nice and concise chapters on particle dynamics in solar coronal loops, such as loss cones, generation of radio emission from accelerated particles as well as rigorous treatment of hard X-ray production in solar flares. Essentially, nearly all processes generating the emission across the entire electromagnetic spectrum are covered. This is in addition to a rigorous and concise treatment of MHD waves and oscillations in the context of coronal seismology. Compared to other books on the topic of solar and stellar coronae, this book is distinct in that it provides a very concise and well referenced chapters on virtually all aspects in this field. This makes the book a useful resource both for starting graduate students and well-seasoned researchers in the field, particularly as a good starting point for general reading of many topics of interest. For this reason I have recommended a purchase of several copies for our University library. For a "Western" reader this book will also provide a useful source of reference for the interesting work done in "Eastern" Europe. In summary, I found this book very useful and would thoroughly recommend it.
Dr David Tsiklauri
Senior Lecturer in Astronomy,
School of Physics and Astronomy,
Queen Mary University of London


Resonators for MHD Oscillations in Stellar Coronae
Propagating MHD Waves in Coronal Plasma Waveguides
Prominence Seismology
The Coronal Loop as a Magnetic Mirror Trap
Flaring Events in Stellar Coronal Loops
Stellar Coronal Seismology as a Diagnostic Tool for Flare Plasma
Heating Mechanisms in Stellar Coronae
Loops and QPOs in Neutron Stars and Accretion Disk Coronae

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About the author (2012)

Alexander V. Stepanov is director of the Pulkovo Observatory, Russia, and elected member of the European Astronomical Society Council. 150 papers on various processes related to flares and the solar corona and how to measure and interpret their emissions prove his standing with the community.

Valery V. Zaitsev is head of the Laboratory of Plasma Physics of the Atmospheres of the Sun and Planets at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Founding Member of the European Astronomical Society.Various assignments have taken him to the European Southern Observatory and the Astrophys. Institute Potsdam, Germany, among others.
His research centers on solar and stellar flares, winds and radio emission, coronal structures and plasma kinetics. It is documented in over 200 publications.

Valery M. Nakariakov is Professor at the University of Warwick, UK, Councilor of the Royal Astronomical Society and Vice President of the European Solar Physics Division of the European Physical Society. His research focuses on astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, on solar coronal physics and magnetohydrodynamic coronal seismology.

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