Star Clusters: Saas-Fee Advanced Course 28. Lecture Notes 1998 Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy / Edition 1

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This book on star clusters addresses students as well as researchers i n astrophysics. It contains two pedagogically written surveys which ma ke the book well suited for class work. B. Carney presents our current knowledge of the relative and absolute ages of globular clusters and probes of the galaxy's chronology. He also studies their chemical hist ory and what they reveal about the complexity of stellar evolution. W. E. Harris studies globular cluster systems as subpopulations of one ga laxy's stars. He also addresses their role in deriving a mass profile for the Milky Way halo and what their luminosity distribution function tells us about the Hubble constant.

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"I found the book excellent not only as a state-of-the-art summary but also as one presenting new ideas and concepts. It should therefore be suitable for new and experienced researchers alike."
The Observatory, 2001

"Together, the lectures present a great deal of information on globular clusters which is supported by precise technical detail, all the basic relevant formulae, statistical information on the available data and a wealth of references. The book is sure to become a basic reference source for scholars in this field for years to come."
Nature, 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540676461
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 1/12/2001
  • Series: Saas-Fee Advanced Course Series, #28
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

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Stellar Evolution in Globular Clusters: Fundamentals of Globular Cluster Stellar Evolution.- Unusual Features in the H-R Diagram.- RR Lyrae Variable Stars.- Stellar Populations.- Metallicities.- Elemental Abundance Ratios I and II.- Relative Ages of Globular Clusters.- Absolute Ages of Globular Clusters.- Globular Cluster Systems: The Milky Way System: A Global Perspective.- The Distance Scale.- The Milky Way System: Kinematics.- The Milky Way System: Dynamics and Halo Mass Profile.- The Milky Way System: The Luminosity Function and Mass Distribution.- An Overview of Other Galaxies: Basic Parameters.- The GCLF and the Hubble Constant.- Globular Cluster Formation: In Situ Models.- Formation: Mergers, Accretions, and Starbursts.- Appendix: An Introduction to Photometric Measurement.
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