By David Southwood, Stanley W. H. Cowley FRS, Simon Mitton
This publication makes sturdy heritage analyzing for far of recent magnetospheric physics. Its beginning used to be a Festspiel for Professor Jim Dungey, former professor within the Physics division at Imperial university at the party of his ninetieth birthday, 30 January 2013. Remarkably, even though he retired 30 years in the past, his pioneering and, frequently, maverick paintings within the 50’s via to the 70’s on sun terrestrial physics is perhaps extra extensively favored this day than whilst he retired.
Dungey was once a theoretical plasma physicist. The e-book covers how his reconnection version of the magnetosphere advanced to develop into the normal version of solar-terrestrial coupling. Dungey’s open magnetosphere version now underpins a holistic photograph explaining not just the magnetic and plasma constitution of the magnetosphere, but in addition its dynamics that are monitored in genuine time. The booklet additionally exhibits how modern-day simulation of sun terrestrial coupling can reproduce the genuine time evolution of the sunlight terrestrial method in methods undreamt of in 1961 while Dungey’s epoch-making paper used to be published.
Further contributions on present Earth magnetosphere learn and house plasma physics incorporated during this booklet express how Dungey’s uncomplicated rules have remained explanative 50 years on. however the Festspiel additionally brought a few advances that most likely Dungey had no longer foreseen. one of many contributions provided during this publication is at the number of magnetospheres of the sun process that have been visible at once in the course of the area age, discussing the diversities in spatial scale and reconnection time scale and evaluating them in admire of Earth, Mercury, the
large planets in addition to Ganymede.