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Astrophysical Masers and their Environments (IAU S242)

Astrophysical Masers and their Environments (IAU S242)


Part of Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposia and Colloquia

  • Date Published: February 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521874649

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  • Astrophysical masers, naturally occurring microwave and radio-wave emissions, provide an important tool to investigate astrophysical environments. Several thousand maser sources have been observed in the interstellar medium and star formation regions, in the expanding winds from evolved stars, in the compressed shells of supernovae remnants, in comets and in the centers of galaxies. Masers are also useful for studying the structure and dynamics of our own galaxy, while masers in other galaxies are now used for cosmological studies and studies of galactic nuclei. This volume contains the latest research on the topic as presented at IAU Symposium 242, only the third international symposium on astrophysical masers. Over 125 astronomers from 18 different countries gathered in Alice Spring, Australia, for discussions on maser research.

    • Provides an outstanding and broad review of current maser research around the world
    • Highlights the latest theoretical research and observations that are key to our understanding of astrophysical environments
    • Includes contributions by leading astronomers as well as outstanding students and postdoctoral fellows
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    'Together with the ability to measure magnetic-field strengths and morphology at high angular resolution, the maser work described in this volume continues to provide unique and valuable information on many areas of astrophysics.' The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521874649
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 180 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • contains: 245 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Conference prelims
    Tribute to Raymond James Cohen J. M. Chapman and W. A. Baan
    History P. Edwards
    Session 1. Maser theory Anne Green
    Session 2. Polarization and magnetic fields Athol Kemball
    Session 3. Masers and star formation Mark Wardle
    Session 4. Galactic maser surveys Philip Diamond and Hiroshi Imai
    Session 5. Stellar masers, circumstellar winds and supernova remnants Hiroshi Imai, Crystal Brogan and Miller Goss
    Session 6. Galactic structure and the Galactic Centre Luis Rodriguez
    Session 7. Masers in AGN environments Moshe Elitzur
    Session 8. Megamaser and starburst activity Lincoln Greenhill
    Session 9. Diagnostics and interpretation in extragalactic environments Colin Lonsdale
    Session 10. New millimeter and sub-millimeter masers Indra Bains
    Session 11. Future facilities and conference summary Elizabeth Humphreys and Karl Menten
    Author index.

  • Editors

    Jessica M. Chapman, Australia Telescope CSIRO, New South Wales

    Willem A. Baan, Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy

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