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Extreme Environment Astrophysics - Ulrich Kolb

Extreme Environment Astrophysics


Published: 14th June 2010
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Covering host systems of accreting, relativistic bodies, and the high-energy phenomena associated with them, this self-contained astrophysics textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduates. The textbook introduces students to a unique blend of astrophysical principles, including the evolutionary history of compact binary stars, the physics of accretion and accretion disc outbursts, the observed signatures of such discs in binary stars and active galactic nuclei, the X-ray emission of accreting compact bodies, and the physics of astrophysical jets and gamma-ray bursts. Worked examples, exercises with complete solutions, full-colour figures and informative chapter summaries guide students through their studies. Boxed equations and key facts highlight important points. Produced by academics drawing on decades of experience delivering courses for The Open University and concentrating on supported learning, this textbook is an ideal guide for self-study. Accompanying resources to this textbook are available at: http://www.cambridge.org/features/astrophysics.

'This is a very readable, well-written and beautifully illustrated account of some of the most exciting and energetic phenomena in the Universe. The treatment is aimed at the senior undergraduate level but the clarity of the text and the carefully worked examples and exercises make it accessible and interesting to a much wider audience. This book will be appreciated by everyone wishing to know about accreting binaries, active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts, from astronomy and physics undergraduates to research astrophysicists.' Juhan Frank, Louisiana State University
'This is in the best tradition of an Open University text, being self-contained, split into clearly defined sections with worked examples for each concept, and superbly illustrated. The clarity of the discussion is such that any of the chapters could be used in undergraduate courses on accretion, while the entire book gives a very complete survey of the field, making it especially suitable as an introduction for graduate students.' Chris Done, Durham University

Accretion power
Formation and evolution of accretion-powered compact binaries
Steady-state accretion
Accretion disc outbursts
Indirect imaging of accreting systems
High-energy emission from compact accretors
Relativistic outflows
Gamma-ray bursts
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ISBN: 9780521193443
ISBN-10: 0521193443
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 14th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 21.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 1.13