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Stars, Nebulae, and the Interstellar Medium: Observational Physics and Astrophysics / Edition 1

Stars, Nebulae, and the Interstellar Medium: Observational Physics and Astrophysics / Edition 1

by C.R. Kitchin


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Stars, Nebulae and the Interstellar Medium: Observational Physics and Astrophysics complements the author's highly successful Astrophysical Techniques, Fourth Edition (2004). This book describes those characteristics of stars, groups of stars, and the material between the stars that can be directly observed or inferred from the study of electromagnetic emissions and, occasionally, high-energy particles. Providing a wealth of material of interest and use to a wide range of readers, the descriptive chapters are accessible to scientifically literate nonspecialists while the complete text is suitable for most advanced undergraduates in astrophysics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780852745816
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/1987
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Fundamentals: Mass. Composition of 'solar' type stars and white dwarfs. Physical background: Physics of gases. Particle physics. Radiation laws. Energy transport. Potential energy. Bulk properties of stars: Mass limits. Energy sources. Energy transfer. Luminosity. Sizes and densities. Physical background: Spectroscopy. Radiative transfer. Effective surface gravity. Atomic and ionic populations. Stars - Observations and observed types and properties: Photometry. Spectroscopy. Surface temperature. HR diagram . Variable stars. Abundances. Rotation. Magnetic fields. Black holes. The Sun: Basic data. Limb darkening. Solar surface features. Solar neutrinos. Solar corona. Stellar winds: Solar wind. Stellar winds. Physical background: Masers. Synchrotron radiation. H II regions and related objects: H II regions - theory, physical properties, formation and evolution. H II regions as distance yardsticks. Planetary nebulae. Supernova remnants. The interstellar medium: Basic properties. Dust grains. Interstellar gas. Cosmic rays. Stellar formation and evolution: Star formation. Post-main sequence evolution. Appendices.

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