Astrophysics Processes

Astrophysics Processes

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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 Keplera€“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 Sunyaeva€“Zeldovich effect, Doppler boosting in jets, and determinations of the Hubble constant. This text is a stepping stone to more specialized books and primary literature. Password-protected solutions to the exercises are available to instructors at Physics of Astronomical Phenomena Hale Bradt ... Problem 4.22. Derive, approximately, from first principles the equation of radiation transport (7). Follow the reasoning and suggested approximations ... By what factor does your answer differ from (7)? ... (Thomson) cross section is k = (sT ne )/r (refer to AM, Chapter 10).

Title:Astrophysics Processes
Author: Hale Bradt
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2008-09-22

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