Stellar Physics: 2: Stellar Evolution and Stability

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 4, 2011 - Science - 494 pages
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"Stellar Physics" is a an outstanding book in the growing body of literature on star formation and evolution. Not only does the author, a leading expert in the field, very thoroughly present the current state of knowledge on stellar physics, but he handles with equal care the many problems that this field of research still faces. A bibliography with well over 1000 entries makes this book an unparalleled reference source.
"Stellar Evolution and Stability" is the second of two volumes and can be read, as can the first volume "Fundamental Concepts and Stellar Equilibrium," as a largely independent work. It traces in great detail the evolution of protostars towards the main sequence and beyond this to the last stage of stellar evolution, with the corresponding vast range from white dwarfs to supernovae explosions, gamma-ray bursts and black hole formation. The book concludes with special chapters on the dynamical, thermal and pulsing stability of stars.

This second edition is carefully updated in the areas of pre-supernova models, magnetorotational supernovae, and the theory of accretion disks around black holes. Additional sections have been added on strange quark stars, jet formation and collimation, radiation-driven winds in strong gravitational fields and gamma-ray bursts.

 

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Contents

7 Star Formation
1
8 PreMain Sequence Evolution
25
9 Nuclear Evolution of Stars
61
10 Collapse and Supernovae
144
11 Final Stages of Stellar Evolution
221
12 Dynamic Stability
349
13 Thermal Stability
391
14 Stellar Pulsations and Stability
402
References
429
List of Symbols and Abbreviations
473
Some Important Constants
487
Subject Index
489
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