Electric current circuits in astrophysics

Kuijpers, J., Frey, H. and Fletcher, L. (2014) Electric current circuits in astrophysics. Space Science Reviews, 188(1), pp. 3-57. (doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0041-y)


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Cosmic magnetic structures have in common that they are anchored in a dynamo, that an external driver converts kinetic energy into internal magnetic energy, that this magnetic energy is transported as Poynting fl ux across the magnetically dominated structure, and that the magnetic energy is released in the form of particle acceleration, heating, bulk motion, MHD waves, and radiation. The investigation of the electric current system is particularly illuminating as to the course of events and the physics involved. We demonstrate this for the radio pulsar wind, the solar flare, and terrestrial magnetic storms.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fletcher, Professor Lyndsay
Authors: Kuijpers, J., Frey, H., and Fletcher, L.
Subjects:Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Research Group:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Name:Space Science Reviews
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN (Online):1572-9672
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
First Published:First published in 2014 Astronomy and Astrophysics 188(1):3-57
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
542081Rolling Programme in Solar and Plasma AstrophysicsLyndsay FletcherScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/I001808/1P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
537641High Energy Solar Physics Data in Europe HESPELyndsay FletcherEuropean Commission (EC)UNSPECIFIEDP&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY