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The Physics of Astrophysics, Vol. II

Frank H. Shu University of California, Berkeley
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Presented in two volumes, The Physics of Astrophysics is ideally suited for a year-long astrophysics course for university seniors and first-year graduate students. This second volume deals with the interactions of matter and radiation, and electromagnetic fields of macroscopic scale in both the strongly collisional and collisionless regimes.

Print Book, ISBN 978-1-891389-67-2, US $97
eBook, eISBN 978-1-938787-43-0, US $72
Copyright 1992
476 pages, Softbound

Summary

Presented in two volumes, The Physics of Astrophysics is ideally suited for a year-long astrophysics course for university seniors and first-year graduate students. This second volume deals with the interactions of matter and radiation, and electromagnetic fields of macroscopic scale in both the strongly collisional and collisionless regimes. It covers such fields as single-fluid theory, including radiative processes; waves, shocks, and fronts; magnetohydrodynamics and plasma physics; as well as their applications to such topics as self-gravitating spherical masses, accretion disks, spiral density waves, star formation, and dynamo theory. Over two hundred photos, line drawings, and tables amplify the major points of the text.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Single-Fluid Theory, Including Radiative Processes
Part 2: Waves, Shocks, and Fronts
Part 3: Magnetohydrodynamics and Plasma Physics
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Frank H. Shu University of California, Berkeley

Frank Shu is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1968. Shu has written a number of expository articles for the lay public, and is the author of The Physics of Astrophysics, Volumes I and II. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Sinica.

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