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Transition regions in solar system and astrophysical plasmas

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1 Author(s)
Eastman, T.E. ; Inst. for Phys. Sci. & Technol., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA

A brief review is presented of basic particle and field characteristics of plasmas observed within the solar system, especially near transition regions, and their parameter ranges are compared with those inferred for stellar winds and the interstellar medium. Parameter ranges for solar system and astrophysical plasmas are found to have considerable overlap. In addition, astrophysics provides unique, global perspectives of large-scale systems, whereas solar-system space physics provides for direct quantitative testing of physical processes. Astrophysics and solar-system space physics studies thus have complementary and synergistic roles

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 1 )