Description - Ultraviolet and X-ray Spectroscopy of the Solar Atmosphere by Kenneth J. H. Phillips
The solar atmosphere, above the Sun's surface layers, reaches mega-kelvin temperatures and high levels of dynamic activity through processes involving a pervading magnetic field. This book explores one of the principal means of understanding the solar atmosphere, its ultraviolet and soft X-ray emission. The ultraviolet and X-ray spectra of the Sun's atmosphere provide valuable information about its nature - the heat and density of its various parts, its dynamics, and chemical composition. The principles governing spectral line and continuous emission, and how spectral studies lead to deductions about physical properties, are described, together with spacecraft instrumentation from Skylab, SolarMax, Yohkoh, SOHO, TRACE, and Hinode. With introductions to atomic physics and diagnostic techniques used by solar spectroscopists, a list of emission lines in ultraviolet and soft X-ray regions, and a glossary of terms, this is an ideal reference for graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and solar physics.
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Author Biography - Kenneth J. H. Phillips
Professor Kenneth Phillips is Research Fellow at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, and specialises in solar physics and X-ray and ultraviolet spectroscopy. He is the author of the CUP book Guide to the Sun and nearly 250 research papers. Most recently he held a National Research Council Senior Research Associateship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and worked for 25 years at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. He is Honorary Professor at Queen's University, Belfast. Uri Feldman has worked as a Senior Scientist as Artep Inc. since retiring from the US Naval Research Laboratory. Enrico Landi researches at the US Naval Research Laboratory. His interests include solar physics, UV, EUV and X-ray spectroscopy, and atomic physics.