Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium

Sun Kwok

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Format: Hardback

Publication date: January 30, 2007

Pages: 600 pages

ISBN: 9781891389467 Related titles: ,


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.

1 The Interstellar Medium
2 Fundamental Concepts of Radiation
3 Measurements of Radiation
4 Photoionization and Recombination
5 Line Radiation from Atoms and Ions
6 Continuum Radiation in the Gas Phase
7 Interstellar Molecules
8 Vibrational Spectroscopy of Polyatomic Molecules
9 Molecular Excitation and Abundance Determination
10 Interstellar Grains: Physical Processes
11 The Chemical Composition of Interstellar and Circumstellar Grains
12 Carbonaceous Grains
13 The Origin of Interstellar Dust
14 Chemical Reactions in the ISM
15 Gas Dynamics, Gravitational Collapse, and Stellar Winds
16 Interaction between Stars and the Interstellar Medium
17 Beyond the Galaxy

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