Introduction to High-Energy Astrophysics

Introduction to High-Energy Astrophysics

by Stephan Rosswog, Marcus Brüggen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521674425

ISBN-13: 9780521674423

Pub. Date: 02/03/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

High-energy astrophysics covers cosmic phenomena that occur under the most extreme physical conditions. It explores the most violent events in the Universe: the explosion of stars, matter falling into black holes, and gamma-ray bursts - the most luminous explosions since the Big Bang. Driven by a wealth of observations, there has been a large leap forward in

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High-energy astrophysics covers cosmic phenomena that occur under the most extreme physical conditions. It explores the most violent events in the Universe: the explosion of stars, matter falling into black holes, and gamma-ray bursts - the most luminous explosions since the Big Bang. Driven by a wealth of observations, there has been a large leap forward in our understanding of these phenomena. Exploring modern topics of high-energy astrophysics, such as supernovae, neutron stars, compact binary systems, gamma-ray bursts, and active galactic nuclei, this 2007 textbook is ideal for undergraduate students in high-energy astrophysics. It is a self-contained, relevant overview of this exciting field of research. Assuming a familiarity with basic physics, it introduces all other concepts, such as gas dynamics or radiation processes, in an instructive way. An extended appendix gives an overview of some of the most important high-energy astrophysics instruments, and each chapter ends with exercises.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521674423
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/03/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Special relativity; 2. Gas processes; 3. Radiation processes; 4. Supernovae; 5. Neutron stars, pulsars and magnetars; 6. Compact binary systems; 7. Gamma-ray bursts; 8. Active galactic nuclei; Appendix A. Some recent high-energy astrophysics instruments; Appendix B. Physical constants; Appendix C. Distances; Appendix D. Luminosity, brightness, magnitude, colour; Index.

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