Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium

ISBN-10: 0521533724
ISBN-13: 9780521533720
Edition: 2010
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Description: This work provides a comprehensive overview of our current theoretical and observational understanding of the interstellar medium of galaxies. With emphasis on the microscopic physical and chemical processes in space, and their influence on the  More...

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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 510
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

This work provides a comprehensive overview of our current theoretical and observational understanding of the interstellar medium of galaxies. With emphasis on the microscopic physical and chemical processes in space, and their influence on the macroscopic structure of the interstellar medium of galaxies, the book includes the latest developments in this area of molecular astrophysics. The various heating, cooling, and chemical processes relevant for the rarefied gas and submicron-sized dust grains that constitute the interstellar medium are discussed in detail. This provides a firm foundation for an in-depth understanding of the ionized, neutral atomic, and molecular phases of the interstellar medium. The physical and chemical properties of large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules and their role in the interstellar medium are highlighted, and the physics and chemistry of warm and dense photodissociation regions are discussed. This is an invaluable reference source for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and research scientists.

The galactic ecosystem
Cooling processes
Heating processes
Chemical processes
Interstellar dust
Interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules
HII regions
The phases of the ISM
Photodissociation regions
Molecular clouds
Interstellar shocks
Dynamics of the interstellar medium
The lifecycle of interstellar dust

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