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Theoretical Astrophysics

Theoretical Astrophysics

Volume 1. Astrophysical Processes


  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566322


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  • Graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and cosmology need a solid grasp of a wide range of physical processes. This authoritative textbook helps readers develop the necessary toolkit of theory. The book is modular in design, allowing the reader to pick and chose a selection of chapters, if necessary. After reviewing the basics of dynamics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical physics, the book carefully develops a solid understanding of radiative processes, spectra, fluid mechanics, plasma physics and MHD, dynamics of gravitating systems, general relativity, nuclear physics, and other key concepts. Throughout, the reader's understanding is developed and tested with problems and helpful hints. This welcome volume provides graduate students with an indispensable introduction to and reference on all the physical processes they will need to successfully tackle cutting-edge research in astrophysics and cosmology. It can be used alone or in conjunction with two companion volumes, which cover stars and stellar systems, and galaxies and cosmology (both forthcoming).

    • Modular in design, allowing the student or lecturer to pick and choose a selection of topics
    • Clear, concise and comprehensive
    • Develops each concept methodically, step by step, and then develops and tests the reader's understanding with carefully structured problems
    • Completely self contained - can be used alone, or in conjunction with the two companion volumes (volume 2 HB 0521 562414, PB 0521 566312; volume 3 HB 0521 562422, PB 0521 566304)
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    "This textbook addresses theoretical astrophysics on a level suitable for graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and cosmology. The general topics considered are: order-of-magnitude astrophysics; dynamics; special relativity, electrodynamics, and optics; basics or electromagnetic radiation; statistical mechanics; radiative processes; spectra; neutral fluids; plasma physics; gravitational dynamics; general theory of relativity; and basics of nuclear physics." International Aerospace Abstracts

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566322
    • length: 624 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 5 tables 132 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Order-of-magnitude astrophysics
    2. Dynamics
    3. Special relativity, electrodynamics and optics
    4. Basics of electromagnetic radiation
    5. Statistical mechanics
    6. Radiative processes
    7. Spectra
    8. Neutral fluids
    9. Plasma physics
    10. Gravitational dynamics
    11. General theory of relativity
    12. Basics of nuclear physics
    Notes and References

  • Author

    T. Padmanabhan, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

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