This course-tested textbook conveys the fundamentals of magnetic fields and relativistic plasma in diffuse cosmic media, with a primary focus on phenomena that have been observed at different wavelengths. Theoretical concepts are addressed wherever necessary, with derivations presented in sufficient detail to be generally accessible.
In the first few chapters the authors present an introduction to various astrophysical phenomena related to cosmic magnetism, with scales ranging from molecular clouds in star-forming regions and supernova remnants in the Milky Way, to clusters of galaxies. Later chapters address the role of magnetic fields in the evolution of the interstellar medium, galaxies and galaxy clusters.
The book is intended for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in astronomy and physics and will serve as an entry point for those starting their first research projects in the field.
Dr. Ulrich Klein is Professor for Astronomy at the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn. His research interest are in dark matter in galaxies, dwarf galaxies, synchrotron radiation from, and magnetic fields in, dwarf galaxies, relativistic plasma in clusters of galaxies, interstellar medium of dwarf galaxies.
Dr. Andrew Fletcher is Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Newcastle University. His research interests are in astrophysical fluid dynamics, the interstellar medium, cosmic magnetic fields, cosmic rays, radio astronomy.
Introduction.- Continuum radiation processes.- Observational diagnostics.- Magnetic Fields in the Milky Way.- Magnetic fields in external galaxies.- The galactic dynamo.- Magnetic fields in AGN.- Intergalactic magnetic fields.