By Bruce T. Draine

This is a complete and richly illustrated textbook at the astrophysics of the interstellar and intergalactic medium--the gasoline and dirt, in addition to the electromagnetic radiation, cosmic rays, and magnetic and gravitational fields, current among the celebs in a galaxy and likewise among galaxies themselves.

Topics comprise radiative tactics around the electromagnetic spectrum; radiative move; ionization; heating and cooling; astrochemistry; interstellar dirt; fluid dynamics, together with ionization fronts and surprise waves; cosmic rays; distribution and evolution of the interstellar medium; and megastar formation. whereas it really is assumed that the reader has a historical past in undergraduate-level physics, together with a few previous publicity to atomic and molecular physics, statistical mechanics, and electromagnetism, the 1st six chapters of the e-book contain a overview of the fundamental physics that's utilized in later chapters. This graduate-level textbook contains references for additional studying, and serves as a useful source for operating astrophysicists.

  • Essential textbook at the physics of the interstellar and intergalactic medium
  • Based on a direction taught by way of the writer for greater than 20 years at Princeton college
  • Covers radiative tactics, fluid dynamics, cosmic rays, astrochemistry, interstellar airborne dirt and dust, and extra
  • Discusses the actual country and distribution of the ionized, atomic, and molecular levels of the interstellar medium
  • Reviews diagnostics utilizing emission and absorption traces
  • Features colour illustrations and distinct reference fabrics in appendices
  • Instructor's guide with difficulties and options (available merely to teachers)

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