Selected Papers: Stellar Structure and Stellar Atmospheres

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This is the first of six volumes collecting significant papers of the distinguished astrophysicist and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. His work is notable for its breadth as well as for its brilliance; his practice has been to change his focus from time to time to pursue new areas of research. The result has been a prolific career full of discoveries and insights, some of which are only now being fully appreciated.

Chandrasekhar has selected papers that trace the development ...

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Overview


This is the first of six volumes collecting significant papers of the distinguished astrophysicist and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. His work is notable for its breadth as well as for its brilliance; his practice has been to change his focus from time to time to pursue new areas of research. The result has been a prolific career full of discoveries and insights, some of which are only now being fully appreciated.

Chandrasekhar has selected papers that trace the development of his ideas and that present aspects of his work not fully covered in the books he has periodically published to summarize his research in each area.

Volume 1, Stellar Structure and Stellar Atmospheres, covers primarily the period 1930-40 and includes early papers on the theory of white dwarfs. In the Preface, Chandrasekhar explains the criteria for selection and provides historical background. Each subsequent volume will include a foreword by an authority on the topics covered.

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The name and work of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is legendary among theoretical astrophysicists, and, indeed, among physicists generally. The present volume is the first of a projected five or six volumes of selected papers, the principle of selection being non-redundancy with Chandrasekhar's famous books. It contains 44 papers, written between 1929 and 1945 and presented under five broad topical heads. All the papers pertain, in one way or another, to the theory of stellar structure and of stellar atmospheres. Attractively produced and priced. Available also in a cloth edition at $74.95. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226100906
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Selected Papers Series , #1
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 530
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author


Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) received many awards in his career, including the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1983, the National Medal of Science (U.S.), and the Copley Medal of the Royal Society (London). He was the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Department of Physics, and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.
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Table of Contents


MonthlyPreface
Part One - The Theory of White Dwarf Stars
1. The Compton Scattering and the New Statistics
Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, 125 (1929): 231-37
2. The Ionization-Formula and the New Statistics
Philosophical Magazine 9 (February 1930): 292-99
3. The Density of White Dwarf Stars
Philosophical Magazine 11 (suppl., February 1931): 592-96
4. The Maximum Mass of Ideal White Dwarfs
The Astrophysical Journal 74, no. 1 (1931): 81-82
5. The Disassociation Formula According to the Relativistic Statistics
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 91, no. 5 (1931): 446-55
6. The Highly Collapsed Configurations of a Stellar Mass
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 91, no. 5 (1931): 456-66
7. The Stellar Coefficients of Absorption and Opacity
Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, 133 (1931): 241-54
8. Some Remarks on the State of Matter in the Interior of Stars
Zeitschrift für Astrophysik 5, no. 5 (1932): 321-27
9. The Physical State of Matter in the Interior of Stars
The Observatory 57, no. 718 (1934): 93-99
10. Stellar Configurations with Degenerate Cores
The Observatory 57, no. 727 (1934): 373-77
11. The Highly Collapsed Configurations of a Stellar Mass (Second Paper)
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 95, no. 3 (1935): 207-25
12. Stellar Configurations with Degenerate Cores
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 95, no. 3 (1935): 226-60
13. Discussion of Papers 11 and 12, A. S. Eddington and E. A. Monthly
The Observatory 58, no. 729 (1935): 37-39, 52
14. Stellar Configurations with Degenerate Cores (Second Paper)
Monthy Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 95, no. 8 (1935): 676-93
15. Relativistic Degeneracy, with Chr. Moller
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 95, no. 8 (1935): 673-76
16. Production of Electron Pairs and the Theory of Stellar Structure, with L. Rosenfeld
Nature 135 (June 15, 1935): 999
17. The White Dwarfs and Their Importance for Theories of Stellar Evolution
Conférences du Collége de France, Colloque International d'Astrophysique, 17-23 Juillet 1939 (Paris: Hermann, 1941)
18. Partially Degenerate Stellar Configurations
The Astrophysical Journal 86, no. 5 (1937): 623-25
19. Ralph Howard Fowler, 1889-1944
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 1 (1945): 1-5
 
Part Two - The Equilibrium of Distorted Polytropes
20. The Equilibrium of Distorted Polytropes: 1, The Rotational Problem
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 93, no. 5 (1933): 390-405
21. The Equilibrium of Distorted Polytropes: 2, The Tidal Problem
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 93, no. 6 (1933): 449-61
22. The Equilibrium of Distorted Polytropes: 3, The Double-Star Problem
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 93, no. 6 (1933): 462-71
23. The Equilibrium of Distorted Polytropes: 4, The Rotational and the Tidal Distortions as Functions of the Density Distribution
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 93, no. 8 (1933): 539-74
24. Discussion of Papers 20-23, E. A. Milne, H. N. Russell, and A. S. Eddington
The Observatory 56, no. 710 (1933): 215-19
25. A Note on the Perturbation Theory for Distorted Stellar Configurations, with Wasley Krogdahl
The Astrophysical Journal 96, no. 1 (1942): 151-54
 
Part Three - Stellar Evolution
26. Stellar Models with Isothermal Cores, with Louis R. Henrich
The Astrophysical Journal 94, no. 3 (1941): 525-36
27. On the Evolution of the Main-Sequence Stars, with M. Shönberg
The Astrophysical Journal 96, no. 2 (1942): 161-72
28. An Attempt to Interpret the Relative Abundances of the Elements and their Isotopes, with Louis R. Henrich
The Astrophysical Journal 95, no. 2 (1942): 288-98
29. The Cosmological Constants
Nature 139 (1937): 757-58

Part Four - Integral Theorems on the Equilibrium of a Star
30. On the Maximum Possible Central Radiation Pressure in a Star of a Given Mass
The Observatory 59, no. 741 (1936): 47-48
31. The Pressure in the Interior of a Star
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 96, no. 7 (1936): 644-47
32. The Pressure in the Interior of a Star
The Astrophysical Journal 85, no. 5 (1937): 372-79
33. The Opacity in the Interior of a Star
The Astrophysical Journal 86, no. 1 (1937): 78-83
34. An Integral Theorem on the Equilibrium of a Star
The Astrophysical Journal 87, no. 5 (1938): 535-52
35. The Minimum Central Temperature of a Gaseous Star
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 99, no. 8 (1939): 673-85
36. The Internal Constitution of the Stars
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 81, no. 2 (1939): 153-87

 
Part Five - Theory of Stellar Atmospheres
37. Model Stellar Photospheres
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 92, no. 3 (1932): 186-95
38. The Solar Chromosphere
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 94, no. 1 (1933): 14-35
39. The Radiative Equilibrium of Extended Stellar Atmospheres
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 94, no. 5 (1934): 444-58
40. On the Effective Temperatures of Extended Photospheres
Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 31, pt. 3 (1935): 390-93
41. The Radiative Equilibrium of the Outer Layers of a Star with Special Reference to the Blanketing Effect of the Reversing Layer
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astromical Society 96, no. 1 (1935): 21-42
42. The Radiative Equilibrium of a Planetary Nebula
Zeitschrift für Astrophysik 9, no. 4 (1935): 266-89
43. The Monthly Emission in Planetary Nebulae
Zeitschrift für Astrophysik 10, no. 1 (1935): 36-39
44. Ionization and Recombination in the Theory of Stellar Absorption Lines and Nebular Luminosity
The Astrophysical Journal 87, no. 4 (1938): 476-95

 

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