Protostars and Planets III

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Following Protostars and Planets I (1978) and Protostars and Planets II (1985), the present volume continues to address fundamental questions concerning the formation of stars and planetary systems in general and of our solar system in particular. Drawing upon recent advances in observational, experimental, and theoretical research, it summarizes the current understanding of these processes and addresses major open questions and research issues. Among the subjects covered in 39 chapters are the collapse of clouds and the formation and evolution of stars and disks; nucleosynthesis and star formation; the occurrence and properties of disks around young stars; T Tauri stars and their accretion disks; gaseous accretion and the formation of the giant planets; comets and the origin of the solar system; and the long-term dynamical evolution and stability of the solar system. Includes eight color plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513345
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Series: Space Science Ser.
  • Pages: 1596

Table of Contents

Collaborating Authors
Pt. I Clouds
The Collapse of Clouds and the Formation and Evolution of Stars and Disks 3
Nucleosynthesis and Star Formation 47
Classical Novae: Contributions to the Interstellar Medium 75
Formation of Interstellar Clouds and Structure 97
Giant Molecular Clouds 125
The Chemical Evolution of Protostellar and Protoplanetary Matter 163
Pt. II Star Formation
Environments of Star Formation: Relationship Between Molecular Clouds, Dense Cores and Young Stars 245
Magnetic Fields in Star-Forming Regions: Observations 279
Magnetic Fields in Star-Forming Regions: Theory 327
Stellar Multiple Systems: Constraints on the Mechanism of Origin 367
Pre-Main-Sequence Evolution and the Birth Population 405
The Initial Stellar Population 429
Young Stars: Episodic Phenomena, Activity and Variability 497
Pt. III Disks and Outflows
The Occurrence and Properties of Disks Around Young Stars 521
T Tauri Stars and Their Accretion Disks 543
Energetic Mass Outflows from Young Stars 567
Molecular Outflows 603
Origin of Outflows and Winds 641
Magnetic Fields, Activity and Circumstellar Material Around Young Stellar Objects 689
Pt. IV Disk Processes and Planetary Matter
Transport Processes and the Evolution of Disks 721
On the Tidal Interaction Between Protostellar Disks and Companions 749
Evolutionary Time Scales for Circumstellar Disks Associated With Intermediate- And Solar-Type Stars 837
Extinct Radionuclides and Evolutionary Time Scales 867
Physical and Isotopic Properties of Surviving Interstellar Carbon Phases 883
Energetic Particle Environment in the Early Solar System: Extremely Long Pre-Compaction Meteoritic Ages Or an Enhanced Early Particle Flux 903
Formation of the Protosolar Nebula 921
Physical Processes and Conditions Associated With the Formation of Protoplanetary Disks 939
Meteoritic Constraints on Conditions in the Solar Nebula 979
Chemistry and Evolution of Gaseous Circumstellar Disks 1005
Pt. V Planetesimals and Planets
Formation of Planetesimals in the Solar Nebula 1031
Growth of Planets from Planetesimals 1061
Planetary Accretion in the Solar Gravitational Field 1089
Gaseous Accretion and the Formation of Giant Planets 1109
Origins of Outer-Planet Satellites 1149
Comets and the Origin of the Solar System: Reading the Rosetta Stone 1177
Main-Sequence Stars With Circumstellar Solid Material: The Vega Phenomenon 1253
Planetary Noble Gases 1305
Impacts and the Early Environment and Evolution of the Terrestrial Planets 1339
The Long-Term Dynamical Evolution and Stability of the Solar System 1371
Glossary 1403
Bibliography 1421
Acknowledgments 1579
Index 1583
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