9780521756181

High Energy Astrophysics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521756181

  • ISBN10:

    0521756189

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/14/2011
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Providing students with an in-depth account of the astrophysics of high energy phenomena in the Universe, the third edition of this well-established textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in high energy astrophysics. Building on the concepts and techniques taught in standard undergraduate courses, this textbook provides the astronomical and astrophysical background for students to explore more advanced topics. Special emphasis is given to the underlying physical principles of high energy astrophysics, helping students understand the essential physics. Now consolidated into a single-volume treatment, the third edition has been completely rewritten. It covers the most recent discoveries in areas such as gamma-ray bursts, ultra-high energy cosmic rays and ultra-high energy gamma rays. The topics have been rearranged and streamlined to make them more applicable to a wide range of different astrophysical problems.

Table of Contents

Astronomical Background
High energy astrophysics - an introduction
The stars and stellar evolution
The galaxies
Clusters of galaxies
Physical Processes
Ionisation losses
Radiation of accelerated charged particles and bremsstrahlung of electrons
The dynamics of charged particles in magnetic fields
Synchrotron radiation
Interactions of high energy photons
Nuclear interactions
Aspects of plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics
High Energy Astrophysics in our Galaxy
Interstellar gas and magnetic fields
Dead stars
Accretion power in astrophysics
Cosmic rays
The origin of cosmic rays in our galaxy
The acceleration of high energy particles
Extragalactic High Energy Astrophysics
Active galaxies
Black holes in the nuclei of galaxies
The vicinity of the black hole
Extragalactic radio sources
Compact extragalactic sources and superluminal motions
Cosmological aspects of high energy astrophysics
Appendix
References
Index
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