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dc.contributor.authorKoskinen, Hannu E. J.
dc.contributor.authorKilpua, Emilia K. J.
dc.description.abstractThis open access book serves as textbook on the physics of the radiation belts surrounding the Earth. Discovered in 1958 the famous Van Allen Radiation belts were among the first scientific discoveries of the Space Age. Throughout the following decades the belts have been under intensive investigation motivated by the risks of radiation hazards they expose to electronics and humans on spacecraft in the Earth’s inner magnetosphere. This textbook teaches the field from basic theory of particles and plasmas to observations which culminated in the highly successful Van Allen Probes Mission of NASA in 2012-2019. Using numerous data examples the authors explain the relevant concepts and theoretical background of the extremely complex radiation belt region, with the emphasis on giving a comprehensive and coherent understanding of physical processes affecting the dynamics of the belts. The target audience are doctoral students and young researchers who wish to learn about the physical processes underlying the acceleration, transport and loss of the radiation belt particles in the perspective of the state-of-the-art observations.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAstronomy and Astrophysics Library
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PH Physics::PHV Applied physics::PHVG Geophysics
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PH Physics::PHF Materials / States of matter::PHFP Plasma physics
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PG Astronomy, space & time
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::T Technology, engineering, agriculture::TR Transport technology & trades::TRP Aerospace & aviation technology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning::RB Earth sciences
dc.subject.otherEarth's radiation belts
dc.subject.otherVan Allen belts
dc.subject.othercharged particle motion in Earth’s magnetosphere
dc.subject.othersources and losses of radiation belt particles
dc.subject.otherwhistler mode chorus
dc.subject.otherplasmaspheric hiss
dc.subject.otherelectromagnetic ion cyclotron waves
dc.subject.otherwave-particle interactions
dc.subject.otherPc5 waves
dc.subject.otheropen access
dc.titlePhysics of Earth’s Radiation Belts
dc.title.alternativeTheory and Observations
oapen.imprintSpringer International Publishing

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