Special Issue "Dynamical Processes in Space Plasmas"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Georgios Nicolaou
Guest Editor
Department of Space and Climate Physics, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, London, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK
Interests: space plasma physics; solar wind; planetary science; space plasma instrumentation; plasma simulation; plasma and fluid thermodynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Space plasma studies are crucial in understanding numerous physical, multiscale processes in nature. The scientific analysis of in situ and remote sensing observations, in combination with the development of theories and models, sheds light on mechanisms governing plasmas within several space regimes. Space plasmas are essentially collisionless systems, and the velocity distribution functions of the plasma particles often exhibit features that are out of the classic thermal equilibrium, which play a vital role in the dynamics of the system. The detailed characterisation of such plasma populations brings closure to important science questions, such as addressing the sources of plasma heating and acceleration.

For this Special Issue, we invite the submissions of original papers and reviews of scientific papers investigating dynamical processes in collisionless space plasmas. The submitted papers should provide new knowledge regarding physical properties, the accurate description and analysis of plasma populations in specific plasma regimes or structures. Purely theoretical studies or purely modelling papers that cover new aspects and original concepts of space plasma processes are strongly encouraged. Also welcomed are papers presenting new methods and analysis tools for the analysis of plasma observations. Should you have any queries, please contact me by e-mail.

Dr. Georgios Nicolaou
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Collisionless plasmas
  • Space plasmas
  • Plasma dynamics

Published Papers

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