Now out: Magnetic Processes in Astrophysics

Now out: Magnetic Processes in Astrophysics

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16 September 2013. A new book by Günther Rüdiger, scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), and his two colleagues Leonod L. Kitchatinov and Rainer Hollerbach explores magnetic effects in cosmic objects.

„Magnetic Processes in Astrophysics“ shows how the rotational laws of the sun and stars can be explained. The authors also explain why magnetic-field instabilities are crucial to the formation of the stars, and discuss promising experiments currently being designed to investigate some of the relevant physics in the laboratory.

The interdisciplinary approach of this volume will appeal to a wide audience in physics, astrophysics and geophysics.



From the contents:

• Differential Rotation of Stars

• Radiation Zones: Magnetic Stability and Rotation

• Quasilinear Theory of Driven Turbulence

• The Galactic Dynamo

• The Magnetorotational Instability (MRI)

• The Tayler Instability (TI)

• Magnetic Spherical Couette Flow


Science Contact: Prof. Dr. Günther Rüdiger,, +49 331-7499 512

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.