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High-energy Radiation from Magnetized Neutron Stars : Theoretical Astrophysics - Peter Meszaros

High-energy Radiation from Magnetized Neutron Stars

Theoretical Astrophysics

Paperback Published: 1st June 1992
ISBN: 9780226520940
Number Of Pages: 546

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Neutron stars, the most extreme state of matter yet confirmed, are responsible for much of the high-energy radiation detected in the universe. Mèszàros provides a general overview of the physics of magnetized neutron stars, discusses in detail the radiation processes and transport properties relevant to the production and propagation of high-energy radiation in the outer layers of these objects, and reviews the observational properties and theoretical models of various types of neutron star sources.


Preface
Acknowledgments
Neutron Stars: An Overview
Formation
Neutron Star Physical Parameters
Structure of the Envelope and the Interior
Production of High-Energy Radiation from Magnetized Neutron Stars
Observations of High-Energy Radiation from Neutron Stars
Physics in a Strong Magnetic Field
Classical Motion of Charged Particles
The Onset of Quantum Effects in a Strong Magnetic Field
Quantum Treatment of the Electron in a Magnetic Field
Atomic Structure in a Strong Magnetic Field
Classical Electrodynamics in the Weak-Field Limit
Quantum Electrodynamics in Strong Fields
Magnetized Plasma Response Properties
Classical Wave Propagation in a Magnetized Plasma
Normal Modes of the Cold Magnetized Plasma
Quantum Mechanical Derivation of the Dielectric Tensor
Vacuum Polarizability Effects in Strongly Magnetized Plasmas
Thermal and Quantum Effects in the Nonrelativistic Limit
Validity of the Normal Mode Description
Magnetized Radiative Processes: Nonrelativistic Limit
The Radiation Process in an External Field
Electron Scattering in a Cold Plasma
Compton Scattering in a Hot Plasma
The Coulomb and Bremsstrahlung Processes
Relativistic Radiation Processes
Relativistic Cross Sections and Rates
Relativistic Redistribution Functions
Relativistic Wave Propagation
Synchrotron Radiation
Magnetic Pair Production and Annihilation
Other Magnetic Effects
Radiation Transport in Strongly Magnetized Plasmas
The Transport Equation
Approximate Solutions of the Polarized Transfer Equations
Numerical Treatments of the Transport Equation
Magnetic Comptonization Effects
Nonlinearities in Radiation Transport
Accreting X-Ray Pulsars
Observational Overview
Accretion Flow and Magnetosphere Models
The Accretion Column: Dynamics and Geometry
Negligible Radiation Pressure Models
Models with Radiation Pressure
Spectrum and Pulse Shape Models
Rotation-powered Pulsars
Observational Overview
The Standard Magnetic Dipole Model
Polar Cap Models
Gamma-Ray Bursters
Observational Overview
Gamma-Ray Burster Models and Energetics
Spectrum Formation in GRBs
Super-High-Energy Gamma-Ray Sources
Observational Overview
Models of VHE-UHE Gamma-Ray Sources
Evolution of Neutron Stars
Stellar Evolution of Neutron Star Systems
Thermal Evolution of Neutron Stars
Rotational Evolution of Neutron Stars
Magnetic Evolution of Neutron Stars
Relativistic Electron Wave Functions and Currents
Tables
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226520940
ISBN-10: 0226520943
Series: Theoretical Astrophysics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 546
Published: 1st June 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.74

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