Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics

Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics

by Mario Vietri
     
 

Written by one of today’s most highly respected astrophysicists, Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics is an introduction to the mathematical and physical techniques used in the study of high-energy astrophysics. Here, Mario Vietri approaches the basics of high-energy astrophysics with an emphasis on underlying physical processes as opposed to a more

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Written by one of today’s most highly respected astrophysicists, Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics is an introduction to the mathematical and physical techniques used in the study of high-energy astrophysics. Here, Mario Vietri approaches the basics of high-energy astrophysics with an emphasis on underlying physical processes as opposed to a more mathematical approach. Alongside more traditional topics, Vietri presents new subjects increasingly considered crucial to understanding high-energy astrophysical sources, including the electrodynamics of cosmic sources, new developments in the theory of standard accretion disks, and the physics of coronae, thick disks, and accretion onto magnetized objects.

The most thorough and engaging survey of high-energy astrophysics available today, Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics introduces the main physical processes relevant to the field in a rigorous yet accessible way, while paying careful attention to observational issues. Vietri’s book will quickly become a classic text for students and active researchers in astronomy and astrophysics. Those in adjoining fields will also find it a valuable addition to their personal libraries.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226855691
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Theoretical Astrophysics Series
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1 Hydrodynamics 1

2 Magnetohydrodynamics and Magnetic Fields 55

3 Radiative Processes 115

4 Nonthermal Particles 191

5 Spherical Flows: Accretion and Explosion 255

6 Disk Accretion I 303

7 Disk Accretion II 347

8 Electrodynamics of Compact Objects 419

App. A Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves 513

App. B Orbits Around Black Holes 519

App. C Useful Formulae 529

Bibliography 533

Index 543

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