Understanding Stellar Evolution
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Understanding Stellar Evolution

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ISBN-13:
9780750312783
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
270
Autor:
Henny J G L M Lamers
Serie:
AAS-IOP Astronomy
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Understanding Stellar Evolution is based on a series of graduate-level courses taught at the University of Washington since 2004. It describes the structure and evolution of stars, with emphasis on the basic physical principles and the interplay between the different processes inside stars. Based on these principles, the evolution of low- and high-mass stars is explained from their formation to their death.

Understanding Stellar Evolution is based on a series of graduate-level courses taught at the University of Washington since 2004, and is written for physics and astronomy students and for anyone with a physics background who is interested in stars. It describes the structure and evolution of stars, with emphasis on the basic physical principles and the interplay between the different processes inside stars, such as nuclear reactions, energy transport, chemical mixing, pulsation, mass loss and rotation. Based on these principles, the evolution of low- and high-mass stars is explained from their formation to their death. In addition to homework exercises for each chapter, the text contains a large number of questions that are meant to stimulate the understanding of the physical principles. An extensive set of accompanying lecture slides is available for teachers in both Keynote® and PowerPoint® formats.

1 - Stars: setting the stage

2 - Observations of stellar parameters


3 - Hydrostatic equilibrium and its consequences


4 - Gas physics of stars


5 - Opacities in stars


6 - Radiative energy transfer


7 - Convective energy transport


8 - Nuclear fusion


9 - Stellar timescales


10 - Calculating stellar evolution


11 - Polytropic stars


12 - Star formation


13 - H fusion in the core: the main sequence phase


14 - Principles of post main sequence evolution


15 - Stellar winds and mass loss


16 - Shell H fusion in low mass stars: the red giant phase


17 - Helium fusion in low mass stars: horizontal branch stars


18 - Double shell fusion: Asymptotic Giant Brach stars


19 - Post-AGB evolution and planetary nebulae


20 - White dwarfs and neutron stars


21 - Pulsating stars


22 - Observations of massive stars: evidence for evolution with mass loss


23 - Evolution of massive stars of 8 – 25 M?


24 - The evolution of massive stars of 25 – 120 M? : dominated by mass loss


25 - Rotation and stellar evolution


26 - Late evolution stages of massive stars


27 - Supernovae


28 - Principles of close binary evolution


29 - Close binaries: examples of evolution with mass transfer


30 - Chemical yields: products of stellar evolution


Appendix A - Physical and astronomical constants


Appendix B - Stellar parameters


Appendix C - Solar Model


Appendix D - Main sequence from ZAMS to TAMS


Appendix E - Acronyms











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