Stellar Magnetism

Paperback | June 5, 2003

byLeon Mestel

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Most stars appear to show some degree of magnetic activity. For example, the varying magnetic field of the Sun shows up in the familiar sun-spot cycle. Radio and X-ray pulsars are enormously dense, rapidly rotating neutron stars which carry steady magnetic fields that are far stronger than theaverage magnetic field of the Sun. Likewise, many uncollapsed stars behave like rotating permanent magnets. Furthermore, magnetic fields may partly control the formation of new stars as well as the spectacular behaviour observed in galactic nuclei.Stellar magnetism is therefore a rapidly develoing field of astrophysics, and this book has grown out of the lifelong work of an outstanding researcher in the area. It is an authoritative account with broad astronomical scope, and its thorough, careful, and well-argued approach make it a fineaddition to the professional literature. Most of the important topics are treated in mathematical depth with reference given to other relevant literature. Some of the studies, especially those on accretion discs, dynamos, and winds, are applicable to galaxies and galactic nuclei. As well as actingas a professional reference and guide to current thinking, this book will be of interest to graduate students, for whom it shows how the subject has developed and leads on to research problems in the field.

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Most stars appear to show some degree of magnetic activity. For example, the varying magnetic field of the Sun shows up in the familiar sun-spot cycle. Radio and X-ray pulsars are enormously dense, rapidly rotating neutron stars which carry steady magnetic fields that are far stronger than theaverage magnetic field of the Sun. Likewise...

Professor Leon Mestel, Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ Tel: 01273 606755; fax 01273 678097; email: lmestel@star.pact.cpes.susx.ac.uk Emeritus Professor of Astronomy 1992- F.R.S. 1977 Eddington Medal, Royal Astronomical Society 1993

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:658 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.16 inPublished:June 5, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Theoretical basis3. Applications4. Magnetism and convection5. Magnetic fields in stellar interiors6. Stellar dynamos7. Magnetic braking of stars by winds8. Late-type stars9. The early-type magnetic stars10. Pre-main sequence stars11. Magnetism and star formation I12. Magnetism and star formation II13. Pulsar electrodynamics I14. Pulsar electrodynamics IIIndex

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`The main strength of the book is that the author has been able to combine a clear description of the fundamental physical concepts and ideas behind each subject with a thorough mathematical discussion of the theoretical mdoels based on these concepts...What I personally like most about thebook is that the author always tries to start from first principles as closely as possible...The author achieves a very good balance between the amount of albebraic detail with which most of the models are treated and the global picture to which the conclusions then contribute.'T. Neukirch, The Observatory