2nd ed. 2015, XV, 521 p. 162 illus., 17 illus. in color.
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Presents a comprehensive approach to the open questions in solar cosmic ray research
Includes consistent and detailed considerations of conceptual, observational, theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of the field
Second edition provides a large amount of updates with new figures and references, as well as several new sections on GLEs and radiation hazards
The book summarizes the results of solar cosmic ray (SCR) investigations since 1942. The present monograph, unlike the reviews published earlier, treats the problem in self-contained form, in all its associations—from fundamental astrophysical aspects to geophysical, aeronautical and cosmonautical applications.
It includes a large amount of new data, accumulated during the last several decades of space research. As a result of the "information burst" in space physics, there are a lot of new interesting theoretical concepts, models and ideas that deserve attention.
The author gives an extensive bibliography, which covers non-partially the main achievements and failures in this field. The book will be helpful for a wide audience of space physicists and it will be relevant to graduate and postgraduate courses.
The book will serve as a reference work for researchers and students in solar physics and astrophysical plasma physics, as well as in cosmic rays physics, astroparticle physics, space science, solar-terrestrial relations, geophysics and those researching space weather problems, especially the problems of radiation hazard in space.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Global Electric Current - Particle Acceleration - Particle Interaction - Radiation Hazard in Space - Solar Activity - Solar Atmosphere - Solar Cosmic Rays - Solar Flare - Solar Wind - Space Weather
Introduction.- Solar Cosmic Rays: Object and Tool for Space Research.- Observational Features and Databases of Solar Cosmic Rays.- Energetic Particles and High-Energy Solar Phenomena.- Solar Cosmic Rays at High Energies.- Particle Acceleration at the Sun.- Nuclear Interactions of Accelerated Particles at the Sun.- Acceleration and Release of Energetic Particles from the Corona.- Solar Cosmic Rays in the Interplanetary Space.- Spectrum of Solar Cosmic Rays near the Earth.- Solar Cosmic Rays in the Geosphere.- Energetic Solar Particles and Radiation Hazard in Space.- Summary and Conclusions: Problems and Prospects.- Appendices.- Bibliography.- Index.