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Physics, Formation and Evolution of Rotating Stars


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Stellar Equilibrium With and Without Rotation.- The Mechanical Equilibrium of Stars.- The Mechanical Equilibrium of Rotating Stars.- The Energetic Equilibrium of Stars.- The Energy Conservation and Radiative Equilibrium in Rotating Stars.- Stellar Convection.- Overshoot, Semiconvection, Thermohaline Convection, Rotation and Solberg–Hoiland Criterion.- Physical Properties of Stellar Matter.- The Equation of State.- The Opacities.- Nuclear Reactions and Neutrino Processes.- Hydrodynamical Instabilities and Transport Processes.- Transport Processes: Diffusion and Advection.- Meridional Circulation.- Rotation-Driven Instabilities.- Magnetic Field Instabilities and Transport Processes.- Physics of Mass Loss by Stellar Winds.- Acoustic and Gravity Waves. Helio- and Asteroseismology.- Radial Pulsations of Stars.- Nonradial Stellar Oscillations.- Transport by Gravity Waves.- Star Formation.- Pre-stellar Phase.- The Protostellar Phase and Accretion Disks.- The Pre-main Sequence Phase and the Birthlines.- Rotation in Star Formation.- The Formation of Massive Stars.- The Formation of First Stars in the Universe: Pop. III and Pop. II.5 Stars.- Main-Sequence and Post-MS Evolution.- Solutions of the Equations and Simple Models.- Evolution in the H-Burning Phases.- Evolution in the He Burning and AGB Phases of Low and Intermediate Mass Stars with Rotation.- Massive Star Evolution with Mass Loss and Rotation.- Advanced Evolutionary Stages and Pre-supernovae.- Evolution of Z = 0 and Very Low Z Stars.


From the reviews:"Stellar phenomena are understood to varying degrees but remain challenging problems. … André Maeder, an astrophysicist at the Observatory of Geneva, has taken up that challenge. In Physics, Formation and Evolution of Rotating Stars, he not only treats stellar rotation, but weaves it into the broader tapestry of stellar structure. … a comprehensive work for graduate students and researchers. … With its wealth of information, Maeder’s book will be useful for those … interested in the internal dynamics of stars." (Steven Stahler, Physics Today, September, 2009)“Maeder’s book develops the background theory of stellar evolution from the basics, allowing parts of the book to be accessible to (very) advanced undergraduates and making it more suitable as an introduction to the subject for a graduate student. … is probably best thought of as a reference text. … persevering reader will find much of interest, explained in a generally clear style. I shall certainly be glad to have this book on my shelf.” (Robert C. Smith, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52 (1), 2011)

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