Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

Principles of Star Formation

Authors: Bodenheimer, Peter

  • Most up-to-date graduate text on a key field in astrophysics
  • Covers a wide variety of physical processes necessary to understand star formation
  • With detailed discussion of key points in star formation
  • Compares theoretical models of star formation with observational evidence
  • Author is an internationally recognized expert in calculating the evolution of protostars and stellar evolution
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Understanding star formation is one of the key fields in present-day astrophysics. This book treats a wide variety of the physical processes involved, as well as the main observational discoveries, with key points being discussed in detail. The current star formation in our galaxy is emphasized, because the most detailed observations are available for this case. The book presents a comparison of the various scenarios for star formation, discusses the basic physics underlying each one, and follows in detail the history of a star from its initial state in the interstellar gas to its becoming a condensed object in equilibrium. Both theoretical and observational evidence to support the validity of the general evolutionary path are presented, and methods for comparing the two are emphasized. The author is a recognized expert in calculations of the evolution of protostars, the structure and evolution of disks, and stellar evolution in general. This book will be of value to graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics as well as to active researchers in the field.

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“This is an absolutely superb book, from the beginning of the preface, where the author provides a basic definition of star formation, to the last section where he reminds us that ‘efficiency’ of star formation can mean at least three different things, with three different numerical value … . The book concentrates on the interpretation of observations in star-forming regions relatively nearby, in our own Galaxy, at the present time, where the most detailed and accurate results can be obtained.” (Virginia Trimble, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1226), February, 2012)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Overview

    Bodenheimer, Peter H.

    Pages 1-35

  • Molecular Clouds and the Onset of Star Formation

    Bodenheimer, Peter H.

    Pages 37-91

  • Protostar Collapse

    Bodenheimer, Peter H.

    Pages 93-125

  • Rotating Protostars and Accretion Disks

    Bodenheimer, Peter H.

    Pages 127-181

  • Massive Star Formation

    Bodenheimer, Peter H.

    Pages 183-220

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Principles of Star Formation
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-15063-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-15063-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-15062-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26964-6
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 348
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