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 (ISBN-13: 9780511074431 | ISBN-10: 0511074433)

Accretion Power in Astrophysics examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. The first three chapters explain why accretion is a source of energy, and then present the gas dynamics and plasma concepts necessary for astrophysical applications. The next three chapters then develop accretion in stellar systems, including accretion onto compact objects. Further chapters give extensive treatment of accretion in active galactic nuclei, and describe thick accretion discs. A new chapter discusses recently discovered accretion flow solutions. The third edition is greatly expanded and thoroughly updated. New material includes a detailed treatment of disc instabilities, irradiated discs, disc warping, and general accretion flows. The treatment is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers.

• Fully updated new edition of the standard reference for accretion processes • Widely adopted for undergraduate and graduate courses • Accessible to a wide range of readers, from advanced undergraduates to professional astronomers


1. Accretion as a source of energy; 2. Gas dynamics; 3. Plasma concepts; 4. Accretion in binary systems; 5. Accretion discs; 6. Accretion on to a compact object; 7. Active galactic nuclei; 8. Accretion discs in active galactic nuclei; 9. Accretion power in active galactic nuclei; 10. Thick discs; 11. Accretion flows.


'… an excellent introduction to accretion discs … Highly recommended.' Paul O'Brien, The Observatory

'Quite simply, it is required reading for students and researchers alike.' Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

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