Earth's Magnetosphere

Formed by the Low-Latitude Boundary Layer


  • W.J. Heikkila, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX, USA

The author argues that, after five decades of debate about the interactive of solar wind with the magnetosphere, it is time to get back to basics. Starting with Newton's law, this book also examines Maxwell's equations and subsidiary equations such as continuity, constitutive relations and the Lorentz transformation; Helmholtz' theorem, and Poynting's theorem, among other methods for understanding this interaction.
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students and research workers in space physics


Book information

  • Published: September 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52864-3

Table of Contents

1. Historical Introduction
2. Approximate Methods
3. Helmholtz’s Theorem
4. Poynting’s Energy Conservation Theorem
5. Magnetopause
6. High Altitude Cusps
7. Low-Latitude Boundary Layer
7. Driving The Plasma Sheet
9. Magnetospheric Substorms
10. Epilogue