Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics

Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics

by Mario Vietri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226855694

ISBN-13: 9780226855691

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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

Overview

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.

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

<div><DIV><FONT face="Times New Roman"><DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">Contents</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1 Hydrodynamics</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.1 The Mass Conservation Equation</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.2 The Momentum Conservation Equation</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.3 The Energy Conservation Equation </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.4 Bernoulli’s Theorem </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.5 The Equations of Hydrodynamics in Conservative Form</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.6 Viscous Fluids </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.7 Small Perturbations</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8 Discontinuity</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8.1 Surfaces of Discontinuity</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8.2 Shock Waves 30</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8.3 Physical Interpretation of Shock Waves</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8.4 Collisional and Non-Collisional Shocks</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.8.5 Formation of a Shock </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.9 Self-similar Solutions</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.9.1 Self–similar solutions of the second kind</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.10 Relativistic Hydrodynamics</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.10.1 Shock Waves in Relativistic Hydrodynamics </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.10.2 The Strong Explosion </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.11 The De Laval Nozzle</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">1.12 Problems</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2 Magnetohydrodynamics and Magnetic Fields</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.1 Equations of Motion</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.1.1 The Limit of Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.1.2 Equations of Motion in a Conservative Form </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.2 The Force exerted by the Magnetic Field</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.3 Magnetic Flux Freezing</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.4 Small Perturbations in a Homogeneous Medium</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.5 Stability of Tangential Discontinuities</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.6 Two Temperatures Fluids</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.7 Magnetic Buoyancy and Reconnection</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5inn; TTEXTTTT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.7.1 Magnetic Buoyancy</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.7.2 Reconnection </P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.8 Shock Waves</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.9 Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">;2.9.1 Observations</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">2.9.2 Origin of the Magnetic Field</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout—grid-align: none">2.10 Problems</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3 Radiative Processes</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.1 Raaaadiative Transport</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.1.1 Radiation Transport</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.2 Low–Temperature Thermal Emission</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.3 Bremsstrahlung</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.4 Synchrotron</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.4.1 Power radiated by the Single Particle</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT: -0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none">3.4.2 The Spectrum of a single Particle</P><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; TEXT-INDENT

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