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About Stars: Their Formation, Evolution, Compositions, Locations and Companions

by Michael Mark Woolfson World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd
Pub Date:
08/2019
ISBN:
9781786347251
Format:
Pbk 388 pages
Price:
AU$86.00 NZ$89.57
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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On a clear and moonless night, especially in remote areas such as deserts, myriads of points of light cover the sky. The great majority of them are stars, many like the Sun, but so far away that they can only be seen as point sources of light. The problem faced by astronomers is to find their properties and distances, just from the light they emit. This is done by using the knowledge of science, mainly physics, acquired from small-scale experiments carried out on Earth. However, the stars themselves are laboratories in which matter behaves in ways that cannot be reproduced on Earth so, in finding out about stars, we complement scientific knowledge gained from earthbound experimentation.


 


This book describes the means ' some very ingenious ' by which to explore the properties, locations and planetary companions of stars, and provides a sound foundation for further study.


 


 


Readership: Undergraduate physics degree, educated laypeople, or those with a general interest.

Contents:


Introduction


Creating Material for the First Stars:


The Creation of the First Matter


Making Stars:


Some Useful Physical Theory


The Evolution of the Universe


Formation and Evolution of Stars


The Structure and Composition of Stars:


The Equilibrium of Main-Sequence Stars


Finding the Compositions of Stars


The Distances of Stars:


Finding the Distances of Nearby Stationary Stars


Finding the Distances and Velocities of Nearby Moving Stars


Finding Distances to Faraway Stars


The General Properties of Stars:


Determining the Radii of Stars


Determining the Masses of Stars


Other Stars and Star-like Objects


Appendices:


Planck's Radiation Law and Quantum Physics


The Relativistic Doppler Effect


Energy Production in Stars


Radiation Pressure


Electron Degeneracy Pressure


Solutions to Problems


Index

Michael Woolfson (University of York, UK)