Advanced Stellar Astrophysics
In the past two decades, scientists have made remarkable progress in understanding stars. This graduate-level textbook provides a systematic, self-contained and lucid introduction to the physical processes and fundamental equations underlying all aspects of stellar astrophysics. The timely volume provides authoritative astronomical discussions as well as rigorous mathematical derivations and illuminating explanations of the physical concepts involved. In addition to traditional topics such as stellar interiors and atmospheres, the reader is introduced to stellar winds, mass accretion, nuclear astrophysics, weak interactions, novae, supernovae, pulsars, neutron stars and black holes. A concise introduction to general relativity is also included. At the end of each chapter, exercises and helpful hints are provided to test and develop the understanding of the student. As the first advanced textbook on stellar astrophysics for nearly three decades, this long-awaited volume provides a thorough introduction for graduate students and an up-to-date review for researchers.
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Star formation and stellar evolution an overview
12 The HertzsprungRussell HR diagram
13 Spectroscopic binary stars
14 Star formation
15 Stellar evolution
16 Starforming regions and very lowmass stars
Introduction to the physics of stellar interiors and the equations of stellar structure
22 Hydrostatic equilibrium
67 Carbon oxygen and silicon burning
68 Neutroncapture nucleosynthesis
Weak interactions in stellar interiors
72 Solar neutrinos
73 Neutrino emission and stellar evolution
74 Weak interactions in presupernova stars supernovae and neutron stars
75 Weakinteraction decay rates and cross sections
76 Neutrino mass and solar neutrinos
23 The photon gas and radiative transfer
24 Electronscattering opacity
25 Convective energy transport
26 Hydrogen and helium burning
27 The structures of mainsequence stars
29 Numerical solutions of the equations of stellar interiors
32 Quantum statistics
33 Thermodynamic functions of atomic and fermion gases
34 Ionization equilibrium
36 Reaction equilibrium
37 Imperfect gases
38 The Boltzmann equation and transport coefficients in a gas
42 Line widths caused by spontaneous emission
43 Einstein coefficients of absorption and emission
44 Timedependent perturbation theory
45 Calculation of absorption cross sections and radiative lifetimes
46 Boundfree absorption
47 Freefree absorption
48 Stellar opacities
Stellar atmospheres convective envelopes and stellar winds
52 The Eddington approximation
53 Line broadening by the Doppler effect
54 The Voigt line profile
55 The equation of radiative transfer for spectralline radiation
56 Convective envelopes
57 Stellar winds
58 Molecularline emission from stellar winds
Thermonuclear reactions and nucleosynthesis
62 The penetration factor
63 Scattering and resonant reactions
64 Nuclear energy levels
65 Helium burning
66 Nucleosynthesis during hydrogenburning stages
Stellar stability and hydrodynamics
82 Evolution to the redgiant branch and thermonuclear runaways
83 Nonradial oscillations
84 Stellar hydrodynamics
85 Helioseismology and stellar seismology
Binary stars mass accretion stellar rotation and meridional circulation
92 Mass accretion
93 Stellar rotation
94 Meridional circulation
Stellar magnetic fields
102 Hydrostatic equilibrium in the presence of strong magnetic fields
103 Magnetohydrodynamic waves
104 Dynamo magnetic fields
105 Pulsar magnetic fields
White dwarfs novae and supernovae
122 Riemannian geometry
123 The Einstein equations
124 The spherically symmetric gravitational field
125 Gravitational radiation
Neutron stars and black holes
132 Black holes
133 Compact xray sources
134 Accretion onto neutron stars and white dwarfs
135 Accretion disks surrounding black holes
136 Xray pulsar spinup
Physical and astronomical constants
Further comments on the Dirac equation
Polytropes and the isothermal gas sphere
Solutions to selected problems