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Author Draine, Bruce T., 1947- author

Title Physics of the interstellar and intergalactic medium / Bruce T. Draine
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 540 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Series Princeton series in astrophysics
Princeton series in astrophysics.
Contents 1. Introduction; 2. Collisional Processes; 3. Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamic Equilibrium; 4. Energy Levels of Atoms and Ions; 5. Energy Levels of Molecules; 6. Spontaneous Emission, Stimulated Emission, and Absorption; 7. Radiative Transfer; 8. HI 21-cm Emission and Absorption; 9. Absorption Lines: The Curve of Growth; 10. Emission and Absorption by a Thermal Plasma; 11. Propagation of Radio Waves through the ISM; 12. Interstellar Radiation Fields; 13. Ionization Processes; 14. Recombination of Ions with Electrons; 15. Photoionized Gas. 16. Ionization in Predominantly Neutral Regions17. Collisional Excitation; 18. Nebular Diagnostics; 19. Radiative Trapping; 20. Optical Pumping; 21. Interstellar Dust: Observed Properties; 22. Scattering and Absorption by Small Particles; 23. Composition of Interstellar Dust; 24. Temperatures of Interstellar Grains; 25. Grain Physics: Charging and Sputtering; 26. Grain Dynamics; 27. Heating and Cooling of H II Regions; 28. The Orion H II Region; 29. HI Clouds: Observations; 30. HI Clouds: Heating and Cooling; 31. Molecular Hydrogen; 32. Molecular Clouds: Observations. 33. Molecular Clouds: Chemistry and Ionization34. Physical Processes in Hot Gas; 35. Fluid Dynamics; 36. Shock Waves; 37. * Ionization/Dissociation Fronts; 38. * Stellar Winds; 39. Effects of Supernovae on the ISM; 40. * Cosmic Rays and Gamma Rays; 41. Gravitational Collapse and Star Formation: Theory; 42. Star Formation: Observations; Appendices
Summary "This is a comprehensive and richly illustrated textbook on the astrophysics of the interstellar and intergalactic medium -- the gas and dust, as well as the electromagnetic radiation, cosmic rays, and magnetic and gravitational fields, present between the stars in a galaxy and also between galaxies themselves. Topics include radiative processes across the electromagnetic spectrum; radiative transfer; ionization; heating and cooling; astrochemistry; interstellar dust; fluid dynamics, including ionization fronts and shock waves; cosmic rays; distribution and evolution of the interstellar medium ..."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 511-528) and index
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Subject Astrophysics -- Textbooks.
Galaxies -- Textbooks.
Interstellar matter -- Textbooks.
Genre/Form Textbooks.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 069112213X (hardback ; alk. paper)
0691122148 (paperback; alk. paper)
1400839084 (ebk)
9780691122137 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9780691122144 (paperback; alk. paper)
9781400839087 (electronic bk.)