Stellar Interiors / Edition 1

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Overview

This text, updated and expanded from the first edition, is designed for beginning students of stellar physics, and introduces the fundamentals of stellar structure and evolution. In emphasizing the general picture of the life cycles of stars and the physics responsible, it also allows prospective specialists a taste of many of the detailed aspects of this mature discipline. The authors develop a solid foundation in important theory that is often overlooked in typical courses yet steer clear of extraneous intensive mathematics and physics.

Topics include:

*The life stories of stars explained by observation and theory

*Equations of state of stellar material

*Basic radiative transfer and stellar spectra

*Stellar energy sources and nucleosynthesis

*Phenomenological approaches to convection

*Numerical techniques for computation of stellar evolution

Keeping pace with recent developments, the authors incorporate important elements such as asteroseismology, and the effects of rotation and magnetic fields.

The attached CD-ROM contains a suite of stellar structure, evolution, and pulsation source codes in FORTRAN suitable for compilation under Unix-based systems, MS Windows platforms, etc. Some executable code is included for Windows PCs. The CD also includes illustrations of results of stellar evolution calculations for a variety of evolutionary phases. This edition contains an extensive set of exercises that supplement and expand on the text.

About the authors:

Carl Hansen is Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, and Fellow Adjoint of JILA, at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Steve Kawaler is Professor of Astrophysics at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Virginia Trimble is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine, and Visiting Professor of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387941387
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/10/2009
  • Series: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Preliminaries 1
2 An Overview of Stellar Evolution 43
3 Equations of State 145
4 Radiative and Conductive Heat Transfer 193
5 Heat Transfer by Convection 241
6 Stellar Energy Sources 271
7 Stellar Modeling 329
8 Asteroseismology 379
9 Structure and Evolution of the Sun 431
10 Structure and Evolution of White Dwarfs 467
A Mini Stellar Glossary 497
B Table of Symbols and Physical Constants 503
C List of Journal Abbreviations 513
Index 515
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