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The Magnetic Universe
Geophysical and Astrophysical Dynamo Theory

by Günther Rüdiger and Rainer Hollerbach

Magnetism is one of the most pervasive features of the Universe, with planets, stars and entire galaxies all having associated magnetic fields. All of these fields are generated by the motion of electrically conducting fluids, the so-called dynamo effect. The precise details of what drives the motion, and indeed what the fluid consists of, differ widely though.

In this work the authors draw upon their expertise in geophysical and astrophysical MHD to explore some of these phenomena, and describe the similarities and differences between different magnetized objects. They also explain why magnetic fields are crucial in the formation of the stars, and discuss promising experiments currently being designed to study some of the relevant physics in the laboratory. This interdisciplinary approach makes the book appealing to a wide audience in physics, astrophysics and geophysics.

Günther Rüdiger received his PhD from the University of Jena, Germany. He works with his group at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam which is closely related to the University of Potsdam. He worked at the University of Goettingen, and the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a former visiting professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rainer Hollerbach is Reader in Applied Mathematics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has a PhD in Geophysics from the University of California, San Diego. He recently spent a year in Germany as a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Earth and Planets
Differential Rotation Theory
The Stellar Dynamo
The Magnetorotational Instability
The Galactic Dynamo
Neutron Star Magnetism
The Magnetic Taylor-Couette Flow

ISBN 3-527-40409-0 - Wiley-VCH, Berlin

Cover picture: Total radio emission and magnetic field vectors of M51, obtained with the Very Large Array and the Effelsberg 100-m telescope, lambda = 6.2cm. With kind permission of Rainer Beck, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn.
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