Theoretical Astrophysics. Volume 1, Astrophysical Processes (Broché)

Thanu Padmanabhan

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Graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and cosmology need a solid understanding of a wide range of physical processes. This clear and authoritative textbook has been designed to help them to develop the necessary toolkit of theory. Assuming only an undergraduate background in physics and no detailed knowledge of astronomy, this book guides the reader step by step through a comprehensive collection of fundamental theoretical topics. The book is modular in design, allowing the reader to pick and chose a selection of chapters, if necessary. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with the forthcoming accompanying two volumes (covering stars and stellar systems, and galaxies and cosmology, respectively). After reviewing the basics of dynamics, electromagnetic theory, and statistical physics, the book carefully develops a solid understanding of all the key concepts such as radiative processes, spectra, fluid mechanics, plasma physics and MHD, dynamics of gravitating systems, general relativity, and nuclear physics. Each topic is developed methodically from undergraduate basic physics. Throughout, the reader's understanding is developed and tested with carefully structured problems and helpful hints. This welcome volume provides graduate students with an indispensable introduction to and reference on all the physical processes they will need to successfully tackle cutting-edge research in astrophysics and cosmology.
    • Order-of-magnitude astrophysics
    • Dynamics
    • Special relativity, electrodynamics, and optics
    • Basics of electromagnetic radiation
    • Statistical mechanics
    • Radiation processes
    • Spectra
    • Neutral fluids
    • Plasma physics
    • Gravitational dynamics
    • General theory of relativity
    • Basics of nuclear physics.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2000
  • Editeur : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN : 0-521-56632-0
  • EAN : 9780521566322
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 601 pages
  • Poids : 1.01 Kg
  • Dimensions : 17,4 cm × 24,6 cm × 2,8 cm

Biographie de Thanu Padmanabhan

Thanu Padmanabhan is a Professor at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India. His research interests are Gravitation, Cosmology and Quantum Theory. He has published over one hundred technical papers in these areas and written four books - Structure Formation in the Universe, Cosmology and Astrophysics Through Problems, After the First Three Minutes, and, together with JV Narlikar, Gravity, Gauge Theories and Quantum Cosmology. He is a member of Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and International Astronomical Union. He has received numerous awards including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Physics (1996) and the Millennium Medal (1999) awarded by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India. Professor Padmanabhan has also written more than one hundred popular science articles, a comic strip serial, and several regular columns on astronomy, recreational mathematics, and history of science which have appeared in international journals and papers. He is married with one daughter and lives in Pune, India. His hobbies include chess, origami and recreational mathematics.

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