Partially Ionized Plasmas in Astrophysics

Partially Ionized Plasmas in Astrophysics Partially ionized plasmas are found across the Universe in many different astrophysical environments. They constitute an essential ingredient of the solar atmosphere, molecular clouds, planetary ionospheres and protoplanetary disks, among other environments, and display a richness of physical effects which are not present in fully ionized plasmas. This review provides an overview of the physics of partially ionized plasmas, including recent advances in different astrophysical areas in which partial ionization plays a fundamental role. We outline outstanding observational and theoretical questions and discuss possible directions for future progress. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Space Science Reviews Springer Journals
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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Physics; Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Exploration and Astronautics) ; Planetology; Aerospace Technology and Astronautics; Astrophysics and Astroparticles
ISSN
0038-6308
eISSN
1572-9672
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11214-018-0485-6
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Abstract

Partially ionized plasmas are found across the Universe in many different astrophysical environments. They constitute an essential ingredient of the solar atmosphere, molecular clouds, planetary ionospheres and protoplanetary disks, among other environments, and display a richness of physical effects which are not present in fully ionized plasmas. This review provides an overview of the physics of partially ionized plasmas, including recent advances in different astrophysical areas in which partial ionization plays a fundamental role. We outline outstanding observational and theoretical questions and discuss possible directions for future progress.

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Space Science ReviewsSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 13, 2018

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