Dynamics of Galaxies (Broché)

Giuseppe Bertin

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Our understanding of galaxies, the building blocks of the universe, has advanced significantly in recent years. New observations from ground- and space-based telescopes, the discovery of dark matter, and powerful computer simulations have been instrumental in this. This textbook provides graduate students with a complete and thorough introduction to galactic dynamics and leads them right up to the forefront of current research. The first two parts of the book clearly define the astrophysical problems and the basic methods for building sound physical models. Next, the observational properties and models of spiral then elliptical galaxies are examined in detail. Finally, a selection of exciting topics from contemporary research are introduced, including, the formation and evolution of galaxies, cooling flows, accretion disks, and galaxies at high redshift. Throughout, the emphasis is on developing a clear understanding and good physical intuition of the processes involved. Although rich in quantitative analysis, mathematics is kept to a minimum. Full derivations are provided when important and useful for more general purposes. Problems are included throughout the book to help test the reader's understanding. This textbook provides graduate students with a self-contained and accessible introduction to modern galactic dynamics and help equip them with useful tools and sound intuition for research beyond.
  • BASIC PHENOMENOLOGY
    • Scales
    • Observational windows
    • Classifications
    • Photometry, kinematics and dark matter
    • Basic questions, semiempirical approach and the dynamical window
  • PHYSICAL MODELS
    • Self-gravity and relation to plasma physics
    • Relaxation times, absence of thermodynamical equilibrium
    • Models
    • Equilibrium and stability : symmetry and symmetry breaking
    • Classical ellipsoids
    • Introduction to dispersive waves
    • Jeans instability
  • SPIRAL GALAXIES
    • Orbits
    • The basic state : vertical and horizontal equilibrium of the disk
    • Density waves
    • Roles of gas
    • Global special modes
    • Spiral structures in Galaxies
    • Bending waves
    • Dark matter in spiral galaxies
  • ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES
    • Orbits
    • Stellar dynamical models
    • Stability
    • Dark matter in elliptical galaxies
  • IN PERSPECTIVE
    • Selected aspects of formation and evolution.
  • Date de parution : 01/08/2000
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-47855-3
  • EAN : 9780521478557
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 414 pages
  • Poids : 0.725 Kg
  • Dimensions : 17,0 cm × 25,0 cm × 2,0 cm

Biographie de Giuseppe Bertin

Giuseppe Bertin is Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at the "Scuola Normale Superiore" at Pisa, Italy. He has also held several positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also author of " Spiral Structure in Galaxies : A Density Wave Theory with C-C Lin. "

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