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Astrophysics Processes [Hale Bradt, 2008] (hardcover)
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Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy textbooks, this book provides step-by-step physical and mathematical development of fundamental astrophysical processes underlying a wide range of phenomena in stellar, galactic, and extragalactic astronomy. The book has been written for upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students, and its strong pedagogy ensures solid mastery of each process and application. It contains over 150 tutorial figures, numerous examples of astronomical measurements, and 201 exercises. Topics covered include the Kepler-Newton problem, stellar structure, binary evolution, radiation processes, special relativity in astronomy, radio propagation in the interstellar medium, and gravitational lensing. Applications presented include Jeans length, Eddington luminosity, the cooling of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect, Doppler boosting in jets, and determinations of the Hubble constant.
Table of Contents:
Ch. 1: Kepler, Newton, and the mass function
Ch. 2: Equilibrium in stars
Ch. 3: Equations of state
Ch. 4: Stellar structure and evolution
Ch. 5: Thermal bremsstrahlung radiation
Ch. 6: Blackbody radiation
Ch. 7: Special theory of relativity in astronomy
Ch. 8: Synchrotron radiation
Ch. 9: Compton scattering
Ch. 10: Hydrogen spin-flip radiation
Ch. 11: Dispersion and Faraday rotation
Ch. 12: Gravitational lensing
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