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Astronomy | Astronomy with Radioactivities

Astronomy with Radioactivities

Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 812

Diehl, Roland, Hartmann, Dieter H., Prantzos, Nikos (Eds.)

2011, XII, 564p. 120 illus..

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  • Gives a comprehensive and coherent account of the growing field of nuclear astropyhsics
  • Presents state-of-the-art understanding of how nature made the elements we are composed of
  • Contains extremely useful appendices listing and explaining Radionuclides and their Stellar Origins
  • Contains a glossary of key terms in astronomy with radioactivities
This book introduces the reader to the field of nuclear astrophysics, i.e. the acquisition and reading of measurements on unstable isotopes in different parts of the universe. The authors explain the role of radioactivities in astrophysics, discuss specific sources of cosmic isotopes and in which special regions they can be observed. More specifically, the authors address stars of different types, stellar explosions which terminate stellar evolutions, and other explosions triggered by mass transfers and instabilities in binary stars. They also address nuclear reactions and transport processes in interstellar space, in the contexts of cosmic rays and of chemical evolution. A special chapter is dedicated to the solar system which even provides material samples. The book also contains a description of key tools which astrophysicists employ in those particular studies and a glossary of key terms in astronomy with radioactivities.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Cosmic nucleosynthesis - nuclear fusion in stars - radioactive elements in the Universe - supernovae - unstable isotopes

Related subjects » Astronomy

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