Post-Hipparcos Cosmic Candles

Post-Hipparcos Cosmic Candles

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This text reviews the changes brought about in the field of astronomy by the release of the Hipparcos catalogue. Chapters by leading experts detail the various approaches of one of the most challenging cosmological issues: the scale of the universe. After summarizing the contribution of the Hipparcos satellite itself, the volume starts with chapters concerning the primary distance indicators (Classical Cepheids, RR Lyrae stars, Miras, subdwarfs). Then our present knowledge of the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud is reviewed, as well as extragalactic distance determinations with a group of chapters dedicated to secondary indicators. The role of the microlensing surveys is also presented as well as the up-to-date results of stellar evolution theory, together with a frank admission of their limits.
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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 680.39g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 079235348X
  • 9780792353485

Table of contents

Hipparcos: A New Basis for Calibrating Distance Indicators; C. Turon. Distance Determination with Cepheid Variables; N.R. Tanvir. Absolute Magnitudes Derived Using the Statistical Parallax Method; A.C. Layden. The RR Lyrae Distance Scale; P. Popowski, A. Gould. Mira Distances and their Use; M. Feast, P. Whitelock. Distances and Ages of Globular Clusters Using Hipparcos Parallaxes of Local Subdwarfs; R.G. Gratton, et al. Globular Cluster Distance Determinations; B. Chaboyer. The Distances of the Magellanic Clouds; A. Walker. Helium Core Flash and Tip of the Red Giant Branch Distances; B.F. Madore, W.L. Freedman. Distances from the Planetary Nebulae Luminosity Function; R.H. Mendez. Distances from Surface Brightness Fluctuations; J.P. Blakeslee, J.L. Tonry. Distances from the Correlation between Galaxy Luminosities and Rotation Rates; R.B. Tully. Distance Scale from Supernovae; F.D. Macchetto, N. Panagia. The Contribution of Microlensing Surveys to the Distance Scale; J.-P. Beaulieu, W.J. de Wit. Stellar Evolution and Standard Candles; V. Castellani.
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