Clusters of Galaxies: Beyond the Thermal View: Beyond the Thermal View

Hardcover | July 7, 2008

EditorJelle Kaastra

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This book presents a review about the physics of clusters of galaxies beyond the standard thermal view. The book first gives a general introduction to clusters of galaxies. It discusses the properties of the hot, virialised gas in these clusters. But the main focus is upon what is beyond this thermal gas: the surrounding warm-hot intergalactic medium, non-thermal emission components and the chemical enrichment of the clusters and their environments. What is the evolution of the hot gas in clusters and the surrounding cosmic web? How does it reach equilibrium? What is the role of magnetic fields and shocks? Has the WHIM been detetected? Are there non-thermal components in clusters? How does the metallicity evolve? These questions and many others are addressed from three different points of view: observations, theory of the physical processes and numerical simulations.The book is written as a tutorial review. It is meant as an introduction for professionals and students wishing to work in this field. This means that no attempt is made to give a complete overview of all the work that has been done in this field, but to focus upon what needs to be known to be able to work in this field, and to explain to the reader basic processes, techniques and observations that experts often assume to be common knowledge.

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This book presents a review about the physics of clusters of galaxies beyond the standard thermal view. The book first gives a general introduction to clusters of galaxies. It discusses the properties of the hot, virialised gas in these clusters. But the main focus is upon what is beyond this thermal gas: the surrounding warm-hot inter...

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Clusters of galaxies are the largest structures in the Universe. Most of the visible matter is in the form of hot gas permeating the volume of the cluster. The bulk of this gas is in thermal equilibrium in the dark matter-dominated potential. This book discusses all aspects of cluster physics beyond this thermal view. It covers topics ...

sronl.nl.~kaastra/  Jelle Kaastra studied astrophysics at Utrecht University. He obtained his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1985 with a thesis on Solar flares. After that he joined the Netherlands Institute for Space Research SRON, first in Leiden, and from 1994 in Utrecht, where he currently is employed as a senior scientist. He is an expert...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:422 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:July 7, 2008Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387788743

ISBN - 13:9780387788746

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Clusters of Galaxies: Beyond the Thermal View.- Clusters of Galaxies: Setting the Stage.- FUV and X-Ray Absorption in the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium.- Soft X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Excess Emission from Clusters of Galaxies.- Nonthermal Phenomena in Clusters of Galaxies.- Observations of Extended Radio Emission in Clusters.- Cosmological Shock Waves.- Equilibration Processes in the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium.- Thermal Radiation Processes.- Nonthermal Radiation Mechanisms.