Extreme Environment Astrophysics

Extreme Environment Astrophysics

by Ulrich Kolb
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Extreme Environment Astrophysics

Covering host systems of accreting, relativistic bodies, and the high–energy phenomena associated with them, this self–contained astrophysics textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduates. The textbook introduces students to a unique blend of astrophysical principles, including the evolutionary history of compact binary stars, the physics of accretion and accretion disc outbursts, the observed signatures of such discs in binary stars and active galactic nuclei, the X–ray emission of accreting compact bodies, and the physics of astrophysical jets and gamma–ray bursts. Worked examples, exercises with complete solutions, full–colour figures and informative chapter summaries guide students through their studies. Boxed equations and key facts highlight important points. Produced by academics drawing on decades of experience delivering courses for The Open University and concentrating on supported learning, this textbook is an ideal guide for self–study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521187855
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/06/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ulrich Kolb is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University. He has authored numerous Open University teaching materials in physics and astronomy, chairs The Open University residential school course in practical astronomy, and directs The Open University's robotic telescope project. He has published numerous research papers on compact accreting systems.

Table of Contents

1. Accretion power; 2. Formation and evolution of accretion-powered compact binaries; 3. Steady-state accretion; 4. Accretion disc outbursts; 5. Indirect imaging of accreting systems; 6. High-energy emission from compact accretors; 7. Relativistic outflows; 8. Gamma-ray bursts; Index.

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