This book illustrates new developments in the fields of space and solar physics, stellar physics, extragalactic physics and cosmology. It also elaborates upon the progress of laboratory plasma physics. One of the topics discussed is the existence of collective processes , both linear and non-linear, that can explain key elements of accretion physics, magnetic reconnection, the formation of 'strange' particle distributions, particle scattering phenomena, etc. Astrophysical plasma are dominated by turbulent or quasi-turbulent processes which interactively associate instabilities, radiation processes and plasma-wave scattering. The resulting scenario, which is outside thermodynamics and conventional statistical physics, is too difficult to describe theoretically, but today there are large-scale experiments and powerful computational tools allowing for the exploration of an almost similarly complex variety of phenomena. Several contributions to this book present indications of the influence of nonlinear phenomena in astrophysical applications. This will be one of the mainlines in the future of plasma astrophysics. This work marks the fast growth of plasma astrophysics thanks to wondrous new observations in the high energy band of the spectrum on the one hand and the possibility of validating and bringing to light relevant new theories by increasingly sophisticated machines on the other.
Foreword/ Astrophysical plasmas/ Intrinsically intermittent accretion, anomalous transport of angular momentum and laboratory experiments/ Scattering and acceleration of particles in astrophysics/ Acceleration at shock fronts. Lecture2/ Acceleration of the highest energy particles. Lecture 3./ Resistive processes/ Dynamics of perturbations in astrophysical shear flows/ The origin of galactic magnetic fields/ Astrophysically relevant collective emission processes in the laboratory/ Nonlinear dynamics in the solar corona/ The Sun, solar wind, and magnetic field. I/ The heliosphere and beyond. II/ The coronal plasma/ Plasma microstructure in the solar wind/ Solar/interplanetary plasma phenomena causing geomagnetic activity at Earth/ Collisionless astrophysical reconnection/ The origins of stellar magnetic fields/ Gamma-ray bursts/ X-ray bursts/ Gravitational plasmas/ Radiation and reconnection in active galactic nuclei/ Active galactiv nuclei. Accretion disks and jets. I/ Active galactiv nuclei. Accretion disks and jets II/ The ROSAT sky/ X-ray timing measurements with the Rossi X-ray timing explorer/