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Stars and Stellar Processes


  • Author: Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107197886

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  • This textbook offers a modern approach to the physics of stars, assuming only undergraduate-level preparation in mathematics and physics, and minimal prior knowledge of astronomy. It starts with a concise review of introductory concepts in astronomy, before covering the nuclear processes and energy transport in stellar interiors, and stellar evolution from star formation to the common stellar endpoints as white dwarfs and neutron stars. In addition to the standard material, the author also discusses more contemporary topics that students will find engaging, such as neutrino oscillations and the MSW resonance, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, advanced nucleosynthesis, neutron stars, black holes, cosmology, and gravitational waves. With hundreds of worked examples, explanatory boxes, and problems with solutions, this textbook provides a solid foundation for learning either in a classroom setting or through self-study.

    • Offers detailed and clear coverage of modern topics within stellar structure and stellar evolution such as black holes, cosmology and gravitational waves
    • Adopts a highly pedagogical approach, providing numerous astrophysical examples which will encourage students to read more broadly about general relativity and cosmology
    • Includes online resources providing a password-protected solutions manual and a gallery of images from the book
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    'This is a long-sought after textbook that I very much look forward to owning myself, and using for upper level undergraduate courses as well as in preparing lectures for graduate courses. The author's attention to detail-with-clarity begins in Chapter 1, and continues throughout the text. Most enjoyable are the new modern versions of several classic figures in the field.' Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology

    'A very comprehensive textbook on stellar physics with plenty of up-to-date topics. The only book needed for an advanced undergraduate level stellar physics course.' Stephen Chi-Yung Ng, University of Hong Kong

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107197886
    • length: 572 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 198 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.38kg
    • contains: 253 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Stellar Structure:
    1. Some properties of stars
    2. The Hertzsprungā€“Russell diagram
    3. Stellar equations of state
    4. Hydrostatic and thermal equilibrium
    5. Thermonuclear reactions in stars
    6. Stellar burning processes
    7. Energy transport in stars
    8. Summary of stellar equations
    Part II. Stellar Evolution:
    9. The formation of stars
    10. Life and times on the main sequence
    11. Flavor oscillations of solar neutrinos
    12. Solar neutrinos and the MSW effect
    13. Evolution of lower-mass stars
    14. Evolution of higher-mass stars
    15. Stellar pulsations and variability
    16. White dwarfs and neutron stars
    17. Black holes
    Part III. Accretion, Mergers, and Explosions:
    18. Accreting binary systems
    19. Nova explosions and X-ray bursts
    20. Supernovae
    21. Gamma-ray bursts
    22. Gravitational waves and stellar evolution
    Appendix A: constants
    Appendix B: numeral units
    Appendix C: mean molecular weights
    Appendix D: reaction libraries
    Appendix E: a mixing-length model
    Appendix F: quantum mechanics
    Appendix G: using arXiv and ADS

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    Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Mike Guidry is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. His current research is focused on the development of new algorithms to solve large sets of differential equations, and applications of Lie algebras to strongly-correlated electronic systems. He has written five textbooks and authored more than 120 journal publications on a broad variety of topics. He previously held the role of Lead Technology Developer for several major college textbooks in introductory physics, astronomy, biology, genetics, and microbiology. He has won multiple teaching awards and is responsible for a variety of important science outreach initiatives.

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