Globular clusters are spherical, densely packed groups of stars found around galaxies. They are thought to have formed at the same time as their host galaxy and thus provide a powerful probe for understanding stellar and galaxy evolution, as well as being studied as objects of interest in their own right. This timely volume presents invited articles by a team of world leaders who gathered at the X Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics to review our current understanding of globular clusters. It provides an accessible introduction to the field for graduate students, and a comprehensive and up-to-date reference for researchers.
- Electronic book text
- 11 May 2012
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 148 b/w illus. 20 tables
Table of contents
1. The observational approach to populations in globular clusters I. R. King; 2. Stellar populations and the formation of the Milky Way S. Majewski; 3. Globular clusters as a test for stellar evolution V. Castellani; 4. Early nucleosynthesis and chemical abundances of stars in globular clusters R. Gratton; 5. Stellar dynamics of globular clusters R. A. W. Elson; 6. Pulsating stars in globular clusters and their use M. W. Feast; 7. X-Ray sources in globular clusters R. Canal; 8. Globular clusters systems: formation models and case studies W. E. Harris.
'This book provides a timely overview of our knowledge of globular clusters. Based on a Canary Island Winter School, the volume presents eight sections covering some of the most important areas of research into globular clusters. ... I think this is an excellent overview of many interesting areas in the study of globular clusters.' Sp. O. Goodwin, Contemporary Physics '... an accessible introduction to the field for graduate students, and a comprehensive and up-to-date reference for researchers.' Europe and Astronomy '... an important book that illustrates the burgeoning activity in this area of astronomy which is of significance for stellar formation and evolution studies as well as for galaxy formation and growth. Recommended.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight