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Introduction to Particle Acceleration in the Cosmos
Author and Affiliation:
Gallagher, D. L.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Horwitz, J. L.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Perez, J.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Quenby, J.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: Accelerated charged particles have been used on Earth since 1930 to explore the very essence of matter, for industrial applications, and for medical treatments. Throughout the universe nature employs a dizzying array of acceleration processes to produce particles spanning twenty orders of magnitude in energy range, while shaping our cosmic environment. Here, we introduce and review the basic physical processes causing particle acceleration, in astrophysical plasmas from geospace to the outer reaches of the cosmos. These processes are chiefly divided into four categories: adiabatic and other forms of non-stochastic acceleration, magnetic energy storage and stochastic acceleration, shock acceleration, and plasma wave and turbulent acceleration. The purpose of this introduction is to set the stage and context for the individual papers comprising this monograph.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2005
Document ID:
20050215458
(Acquired Sep 29, 2005)
Subject Category: ASTROPHYSICS
Document Type: Preprint
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: PARTICLE ACCELERATION; COSMOS; ASTROPHYSICS; CHARGED PARTICLES; MAGNETIC ENERGY STORAGE; PLASMA WAVES; STOCHASTIC PROCESSES; TURBULENCE
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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