The Molecular Astrophysics of Stars and Galaxies

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorThomas W. Hartquist, David A. Williams

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This book provides a comprehensive survey of modern molecular astrophysics. It includes an introduction to molecular spectroscopy and then addresses the main areas of current molecular astrophysics, including galaxy formation, star forming regions, mass loss from young as well as highlyevolved stars and supernovae, starburst galaxies plus the tori and discs near the central engines of active galactic nuclei. All chapters have been written by invited authors who are acknowledged experts in their fields. The thorough editorial process has ensured a uniformly high standard ofexposition and a coherent style. The book is unique in giving a detailed view of its wide-ranging subject. It will provide the standard introduction for research students in molecular astrophysics. The book will be read by research astronomers and astrophysicists who wish to broaden the basis oftheir knowledge or are moving their activities into this burgeoning field. It will enable chemists to learn the astrophysics most related to chemistry as well as instruct physicists about the molecular processes most important in astronomy.

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This book provides a comprehensive survey of modern molecular astrophysics. It includes an introduction to molecular spectroscopy and then addresses the main areas of current molecular astrophysics, including galaxy formation, star forming regions, mass loss from young as well as highlyevolved stars and supernovae, starburst galaxies p...

Thomas W. Hartquist is at Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik, Garching. David A. Williams is at University College, London.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198501587

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DedicationPrefaceSome Relevant Quantum Mechanics1. The basics of the structures and spectra of simple molecules2. Molecular formation in dust-poor environmentsChemistry at the Births of the Galaxies and Stars3. Molecules in the early universe and primordial structure formation4. The chemistry of diffuse and dark interstellar clouds5. The chemistry of star forming regionsYoung Stellar Objects and Herbig-Haro Objects6. The magnetohydrodynamics of outflows from low-mass young stellar objects7. Chemistry in the winds of young stellar objects8. Shock chemistry9. Photon-dominated regions10. Molecular hydrogen emission from Herbig-Haro objectsEvolved Stars11. Introduction to stellar evolution12. Dust formation in carbon-rich AGB stars13. Dust formation in M stars14. Models of circumstellar masers15. Molecular synthesis in the external envelopes of AGB stars16. The chemistry of planetary nebula formation17. Dust formation in the environment of hot starsNovae and Supernovae18. Dust formation in novae19. Supernovae chemistryStarburst Galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei20. Molecular gas, starbursts and active galactic nuclei21. Excitation and detectability of molecules in active galactic nuclei22. X-ray dominated regions23. Water molecules in the circumnuclear regions of active galaxies24. The suppression of dust formation in evolved stars near active galactic nuclei

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'The book starts, very helpfully with a brief section on the basic theory of molecules and their spectra. Having digested this, the reader can then move on to any section in which he is particularly interested ... The book is well written and each section is followed by an extensive list ofreferences for follow-up reading. It will appeal mainly to researchers who feel they need more knowledge of the importance of molecules in their field and how perhaps molecules could give a new insight or direction to their research. It also, of course, would be an excellent read for someone juststarting in the field of molecular astrophysics. It is written by astronomers but the basic astronomical ideas and terminology are explained so the book might also appeal to the research chemist who has any ambitions to apply his research expertise in a larger dimension than the chemist'slaboratory' Contempoary Physics