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An Introduction to Star Formation

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  • Date Published: May 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107483521

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  • Guiding the reader through all the stages that lead to the formation of a star such as our Sun, this advanced textbook provides students with a complete overview of star formation. It examines the underlying physical processes that govern the evolution from a molecular cloud core to a main-sequence star, and focuses on the formation of solar-mass stars. Each chapter combines theory and observation, helping readers to connect with and understand the theory behind star formation. Beginning with an explanation of the interstellar medium and molecular clouds as sites of star formation, subsequent chapters address the building of typical stars and the formation of high-mass stars, concluding with a discussion of the by-products and consequences of star formation. This is a unique, self-contained text with sufficient background information for self-study, and is ideal for students and professional researchers alike.

    • Provides students with a complete overview of star formation, examining the underlying physical processes that govern the evolution from a molecular cloud core to a main-sequence star
    • Unique, self-contained text with sufficient background information for self-study
    • Presents theory and observation side-by-side, helping readers to connect with and understand the theory behind star formation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Star formation is one of the most active research fields in modern astronomy and is also the key to understanding problems as diverse as galaxy evolution and the origin of planets. This book, written by two highly regarded experts, first poses the questions that define the field of star formation and then gives a remarkably comprehensive yet concise survey of the underlying physics. The book provides both an overview suitable for those new to the field and also a convenient handbook for established researchers. It emphasizes both basic principles and established results and will surely remain a standard work for years to come.” David Williams, Emeritus Perren Professor of Astronomy, University College London

    “This book presents star formation and interstellar medium studies at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics programs. This needed text fills the niche between non-technical general overviews and advanced treatments suited for senior graduate students or researchers.” John Bally, Professor of Astronomy. University of Colorado – Boulder

    “This well-named book covers most of the ground in a still growing subject. It is well suited to the undergraduate or starting graduate, and as a refresher for professionals working in a different branch of the subject. With a wide-ranging and elementary introduction to bring anyone up to speed, a pleasant blend of observation and theory leads the reader through the entire research area, giving an authoritative and clear picture of our understanding of the subject, and of the tools used in its discovery. To have produced such a coherent picture of a complex area without sacrificing physical rigour is a significant achievement.” Peter Brand, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh

    "This is well-written..suitable for astronomy and physics students as well as researchers..Highly recommended." - CHOICE

    "... quite beautiful, the book is a pleasure to read. Ward-Thompson and Whitworth, guide the reader step by step through the basics of interstellar clouds, the physics of gravitational collapse, and the connection of stellar birth to the formation of both planets and galaxies. They weave together observational results and relatively simple theoretical derivations, and they provide ample figures to illustrate both. The tone and content are generally most appropriate for an upper-level undergraduate courses..." Joshua Milstein, Physics Today, January 2012

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107483521
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 172 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 81 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Probing star formation
    3. The ISM: the beginnings of star formation
    4. Molecular clouds: the sites of star formation
    5. Fragmentation and collapse: the road to star formation
    6. Young stars, proto-stars and accretion: building a typical star
    7. The formation of high-mass stars, and their surroundings
    8. By-products and consequences of star formation

  • Authors

    Derek Ward-Thompson, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
    Derek Ward-Thompson is Deputy Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. An observer in the field of molecular clouds and protostars, Professor Ward-Thompson's research interests lie in observing the formation of stars and planets, particularly the very earliest stages of star formation.

    Anthony P. Whitworth, Cardiff University
    Anthony Whitworth is a Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. Professor Whitworth's main area of research lies in the theoretical modelling of the formation of stars and brown dwarfs.

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