Gas Dynamics Near and Far: Observational MHD of Interstellar Molecular Clouds and X-Ray Ablation of Asteroids for the Earth's Defense

Patrick King
Gas dynamics serves as a one of the foundational physical theories of astrophysics. In this dissertation, I will present my work on two different projects that touch on this subject. In the first part, I will present my work concerning observational magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) in molecular clouds (MCs), those regions of the dense interstellar medium that form stars. MCs are lightly ionized and at large scales obey nearly ideal magnetohydrodynamics. Magnetic structure inherited from large scales...
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