Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Special Publications Series.
From the Sun
demystifies auroras, magnetic storms, solar flares, cosmic rays and other displays of Sun–Earth interactions. The authors, all well–known figures in space science, explain how solar eruptions affect human technology and society in articles intended for the nonspecialist and adapted from Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. One of the most appealing features is a comprehensive glossary of the terminology necessary to read almost any volume on Sun–Earth connections.
PrefaceSteven T. Suess and Bruce T. Tsurutani v
AuroraSyun–Ichi Akasofu 1
The Earth′s MagnetosphereS. W. H. Cowley 13
Radiation BeltsJames A. Van Allen 23
Plasma Waves and InstabilitiesS. Peter Gary 29
The Ionosphere and Upper AtmosphereA. D. Richmond 35
Red Sprites and Blue Jets: Transient Electrical Effects of Thunderstorms on the Middle and Upper AtmospheresD. D. Sentman and E. M. Wescott 45
Magnetic StormsBruce T. Tsurutani and Walter D. Gonzalez 57
The Human Impact of Solar Flares and Magnetic StormsJo Ann Joselyn 67
The Solar WindB. E. Goldstein 73
Solar FlaresDavid Rust 81
Solar Flare ParticlesR. P. Lin 91
Solar Irradiance Variations and ClimatePeter Foukal 103
The Solar DynamoDavid H. Hathaway 113
Cosmic RaysJ. R. Jokipii 123
Anomalous Cosmic Rays: Interstellar Interlopers in the Heliosphere and MagnetosphereR. A. Mewaldt, A. C. Cummings, and E . C. Stone 133
The Outer HeliosphereW. I. Axford and Steven T. Suess 143
Bruce T. Tsurutani is a space plasma physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. His research covers studies of the Sun, interplanetary spacem and planetary magnetospheres, including plasma instabilities, wave–particle interactions, nonlinear waves, and aurora.