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Advanced Stellar Astrophysics

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  • Date Published: May 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521581882

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  • In the past two decades, scientists have made remarkable progress in understanding stars. This graduate-level textbook provides a systematic, self-contained and lucid introduction to the physical processes and fundamental equations underlying all aspects of stellar astrophysics. The timely volume provides authoritative astronomical discussions as well as rigorous mathematical derivations and illuminating explanations of the physical concepts involved. In addition to traditional topics such as stellar interiors and atmospheres, the reader is introduced to stellar winds, mass accretion, nuclear astrophysics, weak interactions, novae, supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars and black holes. A concise introduction to general relativity is also included. At the end of each chapter, exercises and helpful hints are provided to test and develop the understanding of the student. As the first advanced textbook on stellar astrophysics for nearly three decades, this long-awaited volume provides a thorough introduction for graduate students and an up-to-date review for researchers.

    • A comprehensive and self-contained graduate textbook
    • An advanced textbook on stellar astrophysics
    • Includes a concise introduction to general relativity
    • Exercises and helpful hints are provided at the end of each chapter (more than 100 in all)
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    "...this book is the first in several years and brings the reader up to date with the significant experimental findings and theoretical developments that have come about in recent years.... provides a good insight into the current theories to match the observations in areas like stellar winds, mass accretion, nuclear astrophysics, weak interactions, novae, supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars, black holes and more."
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    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521581882
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 106 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Star formation and stellar evolution: an overview
    2. Introduction to the physics of stellar interiors and the equations of stellar structure
    3. Statistical physics
    4. Absorption processes
    5. Stellar atmospheres, convective envelopes and stellar winds
    6. Thermonuclear reactions and nucleosynthesis
    7. Weak interactions in stellar interiors
    8. Stellar stability and hydrodynamics
    9. Binary stars, mass accretion, stellar rotation and meridional circulation
    10. Stellar magnetic fields
    11. White dwarfs, novae and supernovae
    12. General relativity
    13. Neutron stars and black holes
    Appendix A: physical and astronomical constants
    Appendix B: further comments on the Dirac equation
    Appendix C: mathematical appendix
    Appendix D: polytropes and the isothermal gas sphere
    Appendix E: solutions to selected problems
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    William K. Rose, University of Maryland, College Park

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