Astrophysics of the Diffuse Universe

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Oktober 2004



The book is designed as an astrophysics textbook to provide a comprehensive introduction to the physics of interstellar matter. It is aimed primarily at those undertaking post-graduate courses, or those doing advanced projects as part of honours undergraduate courses in physics or astrophysics. It should also provide a handy reference to the field for astrophysics faculty and other researchers who are not necessarily experts in this particular subdiscipline. The book s hould be purchased by student users, active researchers and teachers. The objective of the book is to show how physics can be applied to the understanding and diagnosis of the phase structure, the physical conditions and the chemical make-up and evolution of the interstellar medium. Unlike other textbooks in the field, here a more systematic approach has been adopted based on the authors' lecture course experience.


1. What Is the Diffuse Universe?.-
2. Line Emission Processes.-
3. Collisional Excitation.-
4. Line Transfer Effects.-
5. Collisional Ionization Equilibrium.-
6. Continuum and Recombination Line Processes.-
7. Cooling Plasmas.-
8. Interstellar Shocks.-
9. The Theory of Photoionized Regions.-
10. Parameters of Photoionized Regions.-
11. Photoionizing Shocks.-
12. Interstellar Dust.-
13. Introduction to Astrochemistry.-
14. Thermal Phases of Diffuse Matter.
- A. Physical Constants.
- B. Useful Atomic Data.
- B.1 Hydrogenic Spectra.
- B.1.1 The Hydrogen Spectrum.
- B.1.2 The Helium II Spectrum.
- B.2 Abundances.
- B.3 Collisional Excitation Data.
- B.4 Ionization Potentials.
- C. Continuum Data.
- C.1 Free-Free Emission.
- C.2 Total Free-Free Emission.
- C.3 Two-Photon Emission.
- D. Rotational Wave function Symmetry.
- E. Answers to Selected Exercises.


EAN: 9783540433620
ISBN: 3540433627
Untertitel: 1st ed. 2003. Corr. 3rd printing 2004. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2004
Seitenanzahl: 460 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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