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Accretion Power in Astrophysics

Juhan Frank (Author), Andrew King (Author), Derek Raine (Author) 

Book Description

February 11, 2002 0521629578 978-0521629577 3
This newly expanded and thoroughly updated third edition examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. New material includes a detailed treatment of disc instabilities, irradiated discs, disc warping, and general accretion flows. The treatment is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers.

Editorial Reviews

Review

'... an excellent introduction to accretion discs ... Highly recommended.' Paul O'Brien, The Observatory

'Quite simply, it is required reading for students and researchers alike.' Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Book Description

Accretion Power in Astrophysics examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. The third edition is greatly expanded and thoroughly updated. New material includes a detailed treatment of disc instabilities, irradiated discs, disc warping, and general accretion flows. The treatment is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (February 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521629578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521629577
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Magnetohydrodynamics in Binary Stars

C.G. Campbell (Author) 

Book Description

August 31, 1997 0792346068 978-0792346067 1
Magnetism in binary stars is now an area of central importance in stellar astrophysics. Magnetic fields are believed to play a fundamental role in the mass transfer process in all close binaries. After an outline of the early work in binary stars, the book introduces the fundamentals of magnetohydrodynamics and binary star theory. The main areas of MHD in binary stars are then considered, including the AM Herculis systems, intermediate polars, X-ray binary pulsars, accretion disc magnetism, and stellar and disc winds. The unifying theme is the property of magnetic fields of redistributing angular momentum, and the associated stellar spin evolution. Although this is a rapidly expanding area, the fundamental problems discussed here are likely to remain relevant for future decades. A knowledge of physics to undergraduate level is assumed. The material should be of interest to observers as well as theoreticians. Although the book is mainly aimed at research workers, parts of the text could be useful for postgraduate courses in astrophysical fluid dynamics and binary star theory.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (August 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792346068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792346067
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Accretion Disks, Jets and High-Energy Phenomena in Astrophysics

Vassily Beskin (Editor), Gilles Henri (Editor), Francois Menard (Editor), Guy Pelletier (Editor), Jean Dalibard (Editor) 

Book Description

February 25, 2004 3540201718 978-3540201717 1
The accretion process is thought to play a key role in the Universe. This book explains, in a form intelligible to graduate students, its relation to the formation of new stars, to the energy release in compact objects and to the formation of black holes. The monograph describes how accretion processes are related to the presence of jets in stellar objects and active galactic nuclei and to jet formation. The authors treat theoretical work as well as current observational facts. This volume of the highly esteemed Les Houches series is meant as an advanced text that can serve to attract students to exciting new research work in astrophysics.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 625 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (February 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540201718
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540201717
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Dynamics of Galaxies

Giuseppe Bertin (Author) 

 

Book Description

June 12, 2000 0521478553 978-0521478557
Our understanding of galaxies has advanced significantly in recent years. Powerful computer simulations and detailed observations from ground- and space-based telescopes have been instrumental in this. This graduate textbook provides students with a complete, accessible introduction to modern galactic dynamics. The first two parts of the book define the astrophysical problems and the methods for building sound physical models. Next, coverage examines the observational properties and models of spiral then elliptical galaxies. A selection of exciting topics from contemporary research are also reviewed, including the formation and evolution of galaxies, cooling flows, accretion disks, and galaxies at high redshift. Throughout, the volume helps students develop a clear understanding and good physical intuition of the processes involved. Full derivations are provided for key results and helpful problems are included.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A fresh and exciting introduction to modern galactic physics on the grand scale, and of its connections to other broad domains of contemporary physics." Professor Bruno Coppi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This book fills a major need for a graduate-level, physically based introduction to the galaxies, and will be of very wide appeal as a course text. The original approach leads to a rich physical intuition of real kinematical systems. A particular strength is the detailed analysis of the limitations of current methods and theories." Dr. Gerry Gilmore, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

"Bertin takes an Olympian view of this complex field and describes it with remarkable clarity and depth." Professor Tjeerd S. van Albada, Groningen University, The Netherlands

"...an elucidating account...Bertin's book is particularly useful for students interested in mathematical methods of galactic dynamics. Bertin's comparisons between galactic dynamics and plasma physics are also innovative and illustrative." Physics Today

Book Description

Our understanding of galaxies has advanced significantly in recent years. This textbook provides graduate students with a complete and thorough introduction to galactic dynamics. The first two parts of the book define the astrophysical problems and the methods for building sound physical models. Next, the observational properties and models of spiral then elliptical galaxies are examined in detail. Finally, a selection of exciting topics from contemporary research are reviewed. Throughout, the emphasis is on developing a clear understanding and good physical intuition of the processes involved. Full derivations are provided for key results and helpful problems are included too.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521478553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521478557
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Physics of Solar System Plasmas

Thomas E. Cravens (Author) 

Book Description

November 11, 2004 0521611946 978-0521611947
Physics of Solar System Plasmas provides a comprehensive introduction to the plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics that are needed to study the solar wind and magnetosphere. The text includes a broad introduction to plasma physics, including important discussions of kinetic theory, single particle motion, magnetohydrodynamics, geomagnetically trapped energetic particles and the physics of magnetic reconnection. This leads into a thorough description of the Sun and the solar wind, and, finally, the author addresses magnetospheric physics. Among the topics covered here are magnetospheric morphology, bow shocks, magnetospheric convection and electrical currents, substorms, ionospheric physics, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, auroral physics and the interaction of the solar wind with the planets. Problem sets at the end of each chapter make this a useful text for advanced undergraduate students in astrophysics, geophysics, or atmospheric sciences. Graduate students and researchers will also find it a valuable source of information.

 

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This is a well-written introduction to the physics of the solar wind and planetary magnetospheres. Some diverse problems are provided at the end of each chapter. ...this is a good textbook for advanced undergraduate students. Graduate students and researchers will enjoy it as a nice introduction to these fascinating fields." Maarten van Aalst, Space Science Review

Book Description

A comprehensive introduction to the solar wind, magnetosphere and ionosphere, including a basic introduction to plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521611946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521611947
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Unsolved problems in astrophysics

 John N. Bahcall (Editor), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (Editor)

Book Description

January 17, 1997 0691016062 978-0691016061

The field of astrophysics is in the midst of a technologically driven
renaissance, as fundamental discoveries are being made with
astonishing frequency. In the last decade, new detectors in space, on
earth, and deep underground have, when coupled with the computational
power of modern computers, revolutionized our knowledge and
understanding of the astronomical world. This is a great time for a
student of any age to become acquainted with the remarkable universe
in which we live. This volume is a collection of essays, originally
presented orally to a diverse group of students and professionals,
which reveal the most fertile areas for future study of astronomy and
astrophysics. The emphasis of this work is on the clear description of
the current state of our knowledge as a preparation for the future
unraveling of the mysteries of the universe that appear today as most
fundamental and most amenable to solution.
A stellar group of
astronomers and astrophysicists describes the directions and styles of
work that they think are most likely to lead to progress.
Bibliographical notes at the end of each presentation provide guidance
for the reader who wishes to go more deeply into a given subject.
Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics is a uniquely
stimulating introduction to some of the most important topics in
modern astrophysics.

Editorial Reviews

Review


As this lively volume attests, there are still many exciting problems left
to interest the graduate student entering the field of astrophysics.
(Wendy Freedman Nature )


On finishing the last chapter, I thought about what fun I could have
teaching a special topics astrophysics course using this book. Who would
learn more, the graduate students or the teacher?
(Physics Today )

From the Publisher

The field of astrophysics is in the midst of a technologically driven renaissance, as fundamental discoveries are being made with astonishing frequency. In the last decade, new detectors in space, on earth, and deep underground have, when coupled with the computational power of modern computers, revolutionized our knowledge and understanding of the astronomical world. This is a great time for a student of any age to become acquainted with the remarkable universe in which we live. This volume is a collection of essays, originally presented orally to a diverse group of students and professionals, which reveal the most fertile areas for future study of astronomy and astrophysics. The emphasis of this work is on the clear description of the current state of our knowledge as a preparation for the future unraveling of the mysteries of the universe that appear today as most fundamental and most amenable to solution. A stellar group of astronomers and astrophysicists describes the directions and styles of work that they think are most likely to lead to progress. Bibliographical notes at the end of each presentation provide guidance for the reader who wishes to go more deeply into a given subject. Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics is a uniquely stimulating introduction to some of the most important topics in modern astrophysics.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691016062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691016061
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Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century

Committee on the Physics of the Universe (Author), National Research Council (Author)  

Book Description

March 7, 2003 0309074061 978-0309074063
Advances made by physicists in understanding matter, space and time and by astronomers in understanding the universe as a whole have closely intertwined the question being asked about the universe at its two extremes - the very large and the very small. This report identifies 11 key questions that have a good chance of being answered by 2015. It urges that a new research strategy be created that brings to bear the techniques of both astronomy and sub-atomic physics in a cross-disciplinary way to address these questions. The report presents seven recommendations to facilitate the necessary research and development co-ordination. These recommendations identify key priorities for future scientific projects critical for realizing these scientific opportunities.

Editorial Reviews

Book Description

Advances made by physicists in understanding matter, space, and time and by astronomers in understanding the universe as a whole have closely intertwined the question being asked about the universe at its two extremes—the very large and the very small. This report identifies 11 key questions that have a good chance to be answered in the next decade. It urges that a new research strategy be created that brings to bear the techniques of both astronomy and sub-atomic physics in a cross-disciplinary way to address these questions. The report presents seven recommendations to facilitate the necessary research and development coordination. These recommendations identify key priorities for future scientific projects critical for realizing these scientific opportunities.

About the Author

Committee on the Physics of the Universe, National Research Council


Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press (March 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309074061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309074063
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Galactic Dynamics

James Binney (Author)  Scott Tremaine (Author)

Book Description


Since it was first published in 1987, Galactic Dynamics has become the most widely used advanced textbook on the structure and dynamics of galaxies and one of the most cited references in astrophysics. Now, in this extensively revised and updated edition, James Binney and Scott Tremaine describe the dramatic recent advances in this subject, making Galactic Dynamics the most authoritative introduction to galactic astrophysics available to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers.

Every part of the book has been thoroughly overhauled, and many sections have been completely rewritten. Many new topics are covered, including N-body simulation methods, black holes in stellar systems, linear stability and response theory, and galaxy formation in the cosmological context. Binney and Tremaine, two of the world's leading astrophysicists, use the tools of theoretical physics to describe how galaxies and other stellar systems work, succinctly and lucidly explaining theoretical principles and their applications to observational phenomena. They provide readers with an understanding of stellar dynamics at the level needed to reach the frontiers of the subject.

This new edition of the classic text is the definitive introduction to the field.




  • A complete revision and update of one of the most cited references in astrophysics

  • Provides a comprehensive description of the dynamical structure and evolution of galaxies and other stellar systems

  • Serves as both a graduate textbook and a resource for researchers

  • Includes 20 color illustrations, 205 figures, and more than 200 problems

  • Covers the gravitational N-body problem, hierarchical galaxy formation, galaxy mergers, dark matter, spiral structure, numerical simulations, orbits and chaos, equilibrium and stability of stellar systems, evolution of binary stars and star clusters, and much more

  • Companion volume to Galactic Astronomy, the definitive book on the phenomenology of galaxies and star clusters

Editorial Reviews

Review


All astronomers and dynamicists should acquire and read this impressive book. It is both readable and rigorous: destined to become a classic landmark in the subject.
(Times Higher Education Supplement )


[T]his book has no peers.
(Nature )


[The] material is covered with care, rigor, and exemplary clarity; there is nothing obscure, sloppy, or superficial. The authors are, moreover, careful to make clear the limits of present knowledge, and to point out where conclusions cannot yet be drawn. . . . I expect it to stand as a classic reference for many years to come.
(Richard B. Larson American Scientist )


Binney and Tremaine have done a major service to astronomers and physicists alike by producing a magnificent book that will make this fascinating subject much more accessible. This is undoubtedly the best book from which to learn the subject.
(Donald Lynden-Bell Physics Today )


[A]n excellent book--big and fat, and containing everything you ever wanted to know about stellar dynamics. . . . This book must become a landmark in the field.
(New Scientist )


Do make sure that you are familiar with this volume, for you will not be disappointed. James Binney and Scott Tremaine have done the astronomical community a great service in compiling this second edition. It is a masterpiece.
(Michael Perryman Planetary and Space Science )


[T]his is a great book, already evident from the fact that since its 1st edition nobody has attempted to rival it. It is an absolute must for everybody, from PhD students to senior researchers, whose studies touch upon the subject of galaxy dynamics. A great strength of this book . . . lies in Binney & Tremaine's ability to explain even the most complicated of concepts and arguments in a straightforward and logical way.
(Walter Dehnen The Observatory )


Grab yourself a copy of Galactic Dynamics and buckle up lads and lassies. Don't forget the protective head gear and the strong coffee--it's going to be one hell of a rough ride; but hang on there, and together we can boldly go where no man (or woman for that matter) has gone before.
(Gerard Mc Mahon Astronomy and Space Magazine )


The second edition of Galactic Dynamics is a successful revision of its 1987 predecessor and will long be a reference for those working on galaxies. Astronomers teaching advanced courses in galactic dynamics will also use it widely, in part because it includes an expanded collection of interesting and demanding problems for teaching and consolidation of the wealth of material presented in the book.
(Ken Freeman Physics Today )

Review

Henceforth, one must have a copy of Binney and Tremaine's classic in order to do astrophysics. . . . We will all study from it and come to know it better than the Bible.
(John N. Bahcall, Institute for Advanced Study ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691130272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691130279
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