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Origin and Evolution of the Elements : Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series Volume 4 - Andrew McWilliam

Origin and Evolution of the Elements

Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series Volume 4

By: Andrew McWilliam (Editor), Michael Rauch (Editor)


Published: 18th October 2004
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This comprehensive volume reviews current understanding of the origin and evolution of elements, from stellar nucleosynthesis to the chemical evolution of the cosmos. With chapters by leading authorities in the field, it describes models of how the elements are produced by stars, the nuclear processes involved, and how the quantity of elements evolved in our Galaxy and distant galaxies. The observed chemical composition of stars in different locations within our Galaxy and nearby galaxies is discussed, as are the compositions of hot and cold gases, of dust grains found between stars and in meteorites, and of the integrated light from distant galaxies and quasars. This authoritative volume is a valuable resource for graduate students and professional research astronomers.

'The production standards of the book are extremely high. This enhances the pleasure in reading the book ... Anyone who has an interest in elemental or molecular abundance measurements anywhere in the Universe should have this volume on their bookshelf. I suspect that the shelf-life of this book will be significantly longer than that of most other conference proceedings.' The Observatory

Mount Wilson Observatory contributions to the study of cosmic abundances of the chemical elementsp. 1
Synthesis of the elements in stars : B[superscript 2]FH and beyondp. 8
Stellar nucleosynthesis : a status report 2003p. 12
Advances in r-process nucleosynthesisp. 27
Element yields of intermediate-mass starsp. 43
The impact of rotation on chemical abundances in red giant branch starsp. 59
s-processing in AGB stars and the composition of carbon starsp. 67
Models of chemical evolutionp. 85
Model atmospheres and stellar abundance analysisp. 102
The light elements : lithium, beryllium, and boronp. 117
Extremely metal-poor starsp. 138
Thin and thick galactic disksp. 154
Globular clusters and halo field starsp. 170
Chemical evolution in [omega] Centaurip. 186
Chemical composition of the Magellanic clouds, from young to old starsp. 203
Detailed composition of stars in dwarf spheroidal galaxiesp. 218
The evolutionary history of local group irregular galaxiesp. 234
Chemical evolution of the old stellar populations of M31p. 255
Stellar winds of hot massive stars nearby and beyond the local groupp. 283
Presolar stardust grainsp. 297
Interstellar dustp. 317
Interstellar atomic abundancesp. 336
Molecules in the interstellar mediump. 354
Metal ejection by galactic windsp. 370
Abundances from the integrated light of globular clusters and galaxiesp. 388
Abundances in spiral and irregular galaxiesp. 405
Chemical composition of the intracluster mediump. 422
Quasar elemental abundances and host galaxy evolutionp. 440
Chemical abundances in the damped Ly[alpha] systemsp. 455
Intergalactic medium abundancesp. 469
Conference summaryp. 482
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ISBN: 9780521755788
ISBN-10: 0521755786
Series: Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series Volume 4
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 514
Published: 18th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 2.9  x 17.0
Weight (kg): 1.01