Introduction to Stellar Winds

Introduction to Stellar Winds

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This long-awaited graduate textbook, written by two pioneers of the field, is the first to provide a comprehensive introduction to the observations, theories and consequences of stellar winds. The rates of mass loss and the wind velocities are explained from basic physical principles. This book also includes chapters clearly explaining the formation and evolution of interstellar bubbles, and the effects of mass loss on the evolution of high- and low-mass stars. Each topic is introduced simply to explain the basic processes and then developed to provide a solid foundation for understanding current research. This authoritative textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and researchers seeking an understanding of stellar winds and, more generally, supersonic flows from astrophysical objects. It is based on courses taught in Europe and the US over the past twenty years and includes seventy problems (with answers) for coursework or self-study.
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Product details

  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 114 b/w illus. 14 tables 71 exercises
  • 1139175017
  • 9781139175012

Review quote

'This is an enlightening book, full of vivid physics. It fills a long-standing gap in the astrophysical literature and will stand as the foundation of the rapidly growing field of stellar winds.' Norbert Langer, University of Potsdam '... for those interested in a deeper theoretical understanding of stellar winds, the book is certainly to be recommended.' Rainer Wieler, Meteroritics & Planetary Science 'This is an excellent textbook. ... an invaluable resource ... certainly a requisite purchase for anyone starting a study of stellar winds.' Raman Prinja, The Observatory 'Stellar winds are ubiquitous, but their properties and mechanisms span an enormous range. This badly needed book by two well known researchers brings together theory and observation to provide an excellent, integrated treatment of a fascinating subject.' Hollis R. Johnson, Indiana University
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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Historical overview; 2. Observations of stellar winds; 3. Basic concepts: isothermal winds; 4. Basic concepts: non-isothermal winds; 5. Coronal winds; 6. Sound wave driven winds; 7. Dust driven winds; 8. Line driven winds; 9. Magnetic rotator theory; 10. Alfven wave driven winds; 11. Outflowing disks from rotating stars; 12. Winds colliding with the interstellar medium; 13. The effects of mass loss on stellar evolution; 14. Problems; Appendices; Bibliography; Object index; Index.
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