Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium

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University Science Books, 2007 - Science - 569 pages
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"This book is a graduate-level text covering the fundamental physics and chemistry required for a modern understanding of the interstellar medium. Radiation mechanisms are comprehensively presented, and extensive examples are drawn from observations in the X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, mm/sub mm, and radio observations. This book goes beyond a phenomenological study of the interstellar medium to give a detailed quantitative treatment of the radiative and dynamical interactions between stars and the interstellar medium. With an emphasis on a physical understanding of these processes, the mathematical derivations are clean, elegant and easily understandable by anyone with an undergraduate background in physics."--Publisher's website.
 

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Contents

Fundamental Concepts of Radiation
21
Measurements of Radiation
53
Photoionization and Recombination
77
Line Radiation from Atoms and Ions
103
Continuum Radiation in the Gas Phase
171
Interstellar Molecules
189
Vibrational Spectroscopy of Polyatomic Molecules
257
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324
12
353
The Origin of Interstellar Dust
377
Chemical Reactions in the ISM
397
Gas Dynamics Gravitational Collapse and Stellar Winds
425
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491
appendix J Vector Formulae in Different Coordinate Systems
509
appendix O List of Interstellar Molecules
517
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About the author (2007)

Sun Kwok is the Dean of Science and Chair Professor of Physics at the University of Hong Kong. He has published over 250 scientific papers in the fields of interstellar medium and stellar evolution and is best known for his theory on the origin of planetary nebulae and for the study of organic compounds in the circumstellar environment. His observing experience covers the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio to X-ray, and has observed extensively with most major ground-based and space-based telescopes. He has also recently written two books, The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae and Cosmic Butterflies, published by Cambridge University Press.

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