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Stars and Stellar Processes

Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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This textbook offers a modern approach to the physics of stars, assuming only undergraduate-level preparation in mathematics and physics, and minimal prior knowledge of astronomy. It starts with a concise review of introductory concepts in astronomy, before covering the nuclear processes and energy transport in stellar interiors, and stellar evolution from star formation to the common stellar endpoints as white dwarfs and neutron stars. In addition to the standard material, the author also discusses more contemporary topics that students will…
Frontmatter
pp i-iv
Dedication
pp v-vi
Brief Contents
pp vii-viii
Contents
pp ix-xxii
Preface
pp xxiii-xxvi
Part I - Stellar Structure
pp 1-2
1 - Some Properties of Stars
pp 3-31
2 - The Hertzsprung–Russell Diagram
pp 32-52
3 - Stellar Equations of State
pp 53-85
4 - Hydrostatic and Thermal Equilibrium
pp 86-104
5 - Thermonuclear Reactions in Stars
pp 105-130
6 - Stellar Burning Processes
pp 131-152
7 - Energy Transport in Stars
pp 153-187
8 - Summary of Stellar Equations
pp 188-198
Part II - Stellar Evolution
pp 199-200
9 - The Formation of Stars
pp 201-227
10 - Life and Times on the Main Sequence
pp 228-252
11 - Neutrino Flavor Oscillations
pp 253-270
12 - Solar Neutrinos and the MSW Effect
pp 271-296
13 - Evolution of Lower-Mass Stars
pp 297-323
14 - Evolution of Higher-Mass Stars
pp 324-336
15 - Stellar Pulsations and Variability
pp 337-345
16 - White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars
pp 346-377
17 - Black Holes
pp 378-398
Part III - Accretion, Mergers, and Explosions
pp 399-400
18 - Accreting Binary Systems
pp 401-420
19 - Nova Explosions and X-Ray Bursts
pp 421-428
20 - Supernovae
pp 429-459
21 - Gamma-Ray Bursts
pp 460-477
22 - GravitationalWaves and Stellar Evolution
pp 478-498
Appendix A - Constants
pp 499-501
Appendix B - Natural Units
pp 502-504
Appendix C - Mean Molecular Weights
pp 505-506
Appendix D - Reaction Libraries
pp 507-515
Appendix E - A Mixing-Length Model
pp 516-518
Appendix F - Quantum Mechanics
pp 519-521
Appendix G - Using arXiv and ADS
pp 522-523
References
pp 524-533
Index
pp 534-546
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Online ISBN: 9781108181914
Published online: 21 March 2019
Hardback ISBN: 9781107197886
Hardback publication date: 07 February 2019

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