Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium / Edition 1

Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium / Edition 1

by Lyman Spitzer Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471293350

ISBN-13: 9780471293354

Pub. Date: 05/18/1998

Publisher: Wiley

Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium discusses the nature of interstellar matter, with a strong emphasis on basic physical principles, and summarizes the present state of knowledge about the interstellar medium by providing the latest observational data. Physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium are treated, with frequent references to observational

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Overview

Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium discusses the nature of interstellar matter, with a strong emphasis on basic physical principles, and summarizes the present state of knowledge about the interstellar medium by providing the latest observational data. Physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium are treated, with frequent references to observational results. The overall equilibrium and dynamical state of the interstellar gas are described, with discussions of explosions produced by star birth and star death and the initial phases of cloud collapse leading to star formation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471293354
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/18/1998
Series:
Wiley Classics Library
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
6.77(w) x 9.55(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Interstellar Matter— An Overview.

Elastic Collisions and Kinetic Equilibrium.

Radiative Processes.

Excitation.

Ionization and Dissociation.

Kinetic Temperature.

Optical Properties of Grains.

Polarization and Grain Alignment.

Physical Properties of Grains.

Dynamical Principles.

Overall Equilibrium.

Explosive Motions.

Gravitational Motion.

Symbols.

Index.

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