The Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium

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Overview

Emphasizing microscopic physical and chemical processes in space, and their influence on the macroscopic structure of the interstellar medium of galaxies, this book includes the latest developments in an exciting area of molecular astrophysics. New space and ground-based observational opportunities have resulted in significant additions to our knowledge of the molecular universe in recent years. This comprehensive overview will be an invaluable reference source for undergraduates, graduates and researchers.
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“…a comprehensive overview of the physical processes operating in the gas between the stars, or interstellar medium. One excellent feature is the suggested reading lists at the ends of the chapters, which offer a very nice bibliography of the most important research papers in the field.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521533720
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A. G. G. M. Tielens is Professor of Astrophysics at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in The Netherlands, and Senior Scientist with the Dutch space agency, SRON.

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Table of Contents

1. The galactic ecosystem; 2. Cooling processes; 3. Heating processes; 4. Chemical processes; 5. Interstellar dust; 6. Interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules; 7. HII regions; 8. The phases of the ISM; 9. Photodissociation regions; 10. Molecular clouds; 11. Interstellar shocks; 12. Dynamics of the interstellar medium; 13. The lifecycle of interstellar dust.
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