Astrophysics for Physicists

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 11, 2010 - Science - 471 pages
Designed for teaching astrophysics to physics students at advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level, this textbook also provides an overview of astrophysics for astrophysics graduate students, before they delve into more specialized volumes. Assuming background knowledge at the level of a physics major, the textbook develops astrophysics from the basics without requiring any previous study in astronomy or astrophysics. Physical concepts, mathematical derivations and observational data are combined in a balanced way to provide a unified treatment. Topics such as general relativity and plasma physics, which are not usually covered in physics courses but used extensively in astrophysics, are developed from first principles. While the emphasis is on developing the fundamentals thoroughly, recent important discoveries are highlighted at every stage.
 

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Contents

Introduction oooI
1
Interaction of radiation with matter
23
Basic theoretical ideas and observational data
61
Nucleosynthesis and other advanced topics
91
End states of stellar collapse
127
Our Galaxy and its interstellar matter
153
Elements of stellar dynamics
197
Elements of plasma astrophysics
219
l0 The spacetime dynamics of the Universe
297
The thermal history of the Universe
325
l2 Elements of tensors and general relativity
357
l3 Some applications of general relativity
387
Relativistic cosmology
419
Appendix A Values ofvarions quantities
443
References
453
Index
463

Extragalactic astronomy
261

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Arnab Rai Choudhuri is a Professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Science. One of the world's leading scientists in the field of solar magnetohydrodynamics, he is author of The Physics of Fluids and Plasmas (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

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