Astrophysics Update

John W Mason

Astrophysics UpdateThis first volume of Astrophysics Update presents a collection of topical and timely reviews on astrophysics written by leading exponents in the field. Observational methods and the latest results of astronomical research are addresed as well as their theoretical foundations and interrelations.Subjects covered are:

Key areas of astrophysics, where major advances or discoveries are being made, and where there is rapid progress in observational techniques and theoretical understanding, are highlighted in this groundbreaking volume. The material is presented in a format which will appeal to professional astronomers who are interested in topics outside their own specific areas of research. Astrophysics is advancing faster than ever before, and encompassing a broader range of subjects: even those of us who are professional researchers find it hard to keep up. This compact, but comprehensive, collection of up-to-date survey articles - each written by an expert, and in an accessible style - is therefore especially welcome.

From the Foreword by Professor Sir Martin Rees

Astrophysics Updates is intended to serve the information needs of professional astronomers and postgraduate students about areas of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology that are rich and active research spheres. Observational methods and the latest results of astronomical research are presented as well as their theoretical foundations and interrelations. The contributed commissioned articles are written by leading exponents in a format that will appeal to professional astronomers and astrophysicists who are interested in topics outside their own specific areas of research. This collection of timely reviews may also attract the interest of advanced amateur astronomers seeking scientifically rigorous coverage.

Table of Contents:

  1. Recent Advances in Understanding Star and Planet Formation
  2. Exoplanets and Their Properties
  3. What Drives the Evolution of Close Binary Stars?
    The Test Case of Cataclysmic Variables
  4. The Cosmic Distance Scale
  5. The Cosmic Microwave Background
  6. Particle Astrophysics and the Dark Sector of the Universe
  7. The Early Universe: From Recombination to Reionization
  8. The Most Distant Galaxies
  9. Optical Spectroscopy Today and Tomorrow
  10. Large-Scale Structures in the Distribution of Galaxies:
    The 2dF and Sloan Surveys
  11. Active Galactic Nuclei and Supermassive Black Holes
  12. The Story of Gamma-Ray Bursts
  13. Update on Gravitational Wave Research
Index



Extent: 314 pages (104 illus., 1 colour plate, 8 tabs.)
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: January 2004
ISBN: 978-3-540-40642-6



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