9780226855691

Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226855691

  • ISBN10:

    0226855694

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Written by one of today's most highly respected astrophysicists,Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysicsis an introduction to the mathematical and physical techniques used in the study of high-energy astrophysics. Here, Mario Vietri approaches the basics of high-energy astrophysics with an emphasis on underlying physical processes as opposed to a more mathematical approach. Alongside more traditional topics, Vietri presents new subjects increasingly considered crucial to understanding high-energy astrophysical sources, including the electrodynamics of cosmic sources, new developments in the theory of standard accretion disks, andthe physics of coronae, thick disks, and accretion onto magnetized objects. The most thorough and engaging survey of high-energy astrophysics available today,Foundations of High-Energy Astrophysicsintroduces the main physical processes relevant to the field in a rigorous yet accessible way, while paying careful attention to observational issues. Vietri's book will quickly become a classic text for students and active researchers in astronomy and astrophysics. Those in adjoining fields will also find it a valuable addition to their personal libraries.

Author Biography

Mario Vietri is professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa, Italy.

Table of Contents

Hydrodynamicsp. 1
Magnetohydrodynamics and Magnetic Fieldsp. 55
Radiative Processesp. 115
Nonthermal Particlesp. 191
Spherical Flows: Accretion and Explosionp. 255
Disk Accretion Ip. 303
Disk Accretion IIp. 347
Electrodynamics of Compact Objectsp. 419
Propagation of Electromagnetic Wavesp. 513
Orbits Around Black Holesp. 519
Useful Formulaep. 529
Bibliographyp. 533
Indexp. 543
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