This revised edition describes our current understanding of the sun -- from its deepest interior, via the layers of the directly observable atmosphere to the solar wind, right up to its farthest extension into interstellar space. It includes a comprehensive account of the history of solar astrophysics and space weather, along with an overview of the key instruments used throughout the various periods. In contrast to other books on the subject, the choice of material deals evenly with the entire scope of important topics covered in solar research, elucidating the advances in our understanding of the sun by the careful use of relatively simple physical concepts. The result is an incisive, reliable, and well-planned look at all that is fascinating and new in studies of the sun for students and non-specialists.
Peter V. Foukal is the founder and past-president of Cambridge Research and Instrumentation, Inc. He was awarded a NATO Senior Fellowship at Nice Observatory, France, in 1979, and has served as member or chairman of numerous panels and advisory boards of the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Development of the ideas and instruments of modern solar research Radiative transfer in the sun's atmosphere Solar spectroscopy Dynamics of solar plasmas The photosphere The sun's internal structure and energy generation Rotation, convection, and oscillations in the sun Observations of photospheric activity and magnetism The chromosphere and corona Prominences and flares Dynamics of the solar magnetic field The solar wind and heliosphere The sun, our variable star Influences of Solar Variability on the Earth