Stellar Evolution Physics: Volume 2 (Stellar Evolution Physics 2 Volume Hardback Set)

Stellar Evolution Physics: Volume 2 (Stellar Evolution Physics 2 Volume Hardback Set)

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Icko Iben
Cambridge University Press, 11/29/2012
EAN 9781107016576, ISBN10: 1107016576

Hardcover, 616 pages, 24.6 x 18.9 x 3 cm
Language: English

This volume explains the microscopic physics operating in stars in advanced stages of their evolution and describes with many numerical examples and illustrations how they respond to this microphysics. Models of low and intermediate mass are evolved through the core helium-burning phase, the asymptotic giant branch phase (alternating shell hydrogen and helium burning) and through the final cooling white dwarf phase. A massive model is carried from the core helium-burning phase through core and shell carbon-burning phases. Gravothermal responses to nuclear reaction-induced transformations and energy loss from the surface are described in detail. Written for senior graduate students and researchers who have mastered the principles of stellar evolution, as developed in the first volume of Stellar Evolution Physics, sufficient attention is paid to how numerical solutions are obtained to enable the reader to engage in model construction on a professional level.

Volume 2
Part IV. Transport Processes, Weak Interaction Processes and Helium-Burning Reactions
12. Diffusion and gravitational settling
13. Heat conduction by electrons
14. Beta decay and electron capture at high densities in stars
15. The current-current weak interaction and the production of neutrino-antineutrino pairs
16. Helium-burning nuclear reactions and energy-generation rates
Part V. Evolution during Helium-Burning Phases
17. Evolution of a low mass model burning helium and hydrogen
18. Evolution of an intermediate mass model burning helium and hydrogen
19. Neutron production and neutron capture in a thermally pulsing asymptotic giant branch star of intermediate mass
20. Evolution of a massive population I model during helium- and carbon-burning stages
Part VI. Terminal Evolution of Low and Intermediate Mass Stars
21. Wind mass loss on the AGB and formation of a circumstellar envelope, evolution of the remnant as the central star of a planetary nebula, and white dwarf evolution