Stellar Interiors: Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution

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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 ...
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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.
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"This updated edition will be welcomed by the scientific community. … gives an excellent general introduction to the subject. …This book is especially suited for students in astrophysics and astronomy at the master level or starting a Ph.D. thesis, but also for post-graduate science students looking to enlarge their horizon." (Cyriel Wagemans, Physicalia, Vol. 57(3), 2005)

"This book is aimed at senior undergraduate or early graduate students in astronomy … . It provides a broad overview of the physical basics of stellar structure and evolution sufficient to whet the appetite of the student sufficiently … . Recommended, yes, but only for serious students of stellar physics, as light reading, or a pretty picture book, it is not." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society AAS, February, 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468402162
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 461
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (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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