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Foundations of Radiation Hydrodynamics
     

Foundations of Radiation Hydrodynamics

by Dimitri Mihalas, Barbara Weibel Mihalas
 

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Radiation hydrodynamics is a broad subject that cuts across many disciplines in physics and astronomy: fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, and radiative transfer, among others. The theory developed in this book by two specialists in the field can be applied to the study of such diverse astrophysical phenomena as stellar winds,

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Radiation hydrodynamics is a broad subject that cuts across many disciplines in physics and astronomy: fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, and radiative transfer, among others. The theory developed in this book by two specialists in the field can be applied to the study of such diverse astrophysical phenomena as stellar winds, supernova explosions, and the initial phases of cosmic expansion, as well as the physics of laser fusion and reentry vehicles. As such, it provides students with the basic tools for research on radiating flows.
Largely self-contained, the volume is divided into three parts: Chapters 1 to 5 focus on the dynamics of nonradiating fluids and then consider applications of a few astrophysically interesting problems concerning waves, shocks, and stellar winds. The second part of the book — Chapters 5 to 8 — deals with the physics of radiation, radiation transport, and the dynamics of radiating fluids, emphasizing the close relationship of radiation hydrodynamics to ordinary fluid dynamics. Part 3 comprises a short appendix on tensor calculus, explaining the use of tensor concepts in writing equations that allow a simple transition from ordinary fluids to relativistic fluids to radiation.
Combining relevant material scattered widely among a large number of books, journal papers, and technical reports, this volume will be of immense value to students and researchers in many fields.
1984 edition.

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The Mihalases (he, at least, is now with the Los Alamos National Laboratory) compile the basic tools from many disciplines required to do research on radiating flows in astrophysics. Their goal is to provide colleagues with a methodological foundation, so they restrict their discussion to the basics and refer to applications very little. Perhaps for that reason, their treatment is still useful for advanced students and beginning researchers. The 1984 edition was published by Oxford University Press. The new preface is merely a thank-you note. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486409252
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
07/07/1999
Series:
Dover Books on Physics Series
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.35(d)

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