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Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae

ISBN-10: 052103907X

ISBN-13: 9780521039079

Edition: N/A

Authors: Sun Kwok

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This authoritative volume presents a thoroughly modern understanding of planetary nebulae, integrating new developments in stellar physics with the dynamics of nebular evolution. It covers all the stages in the evolution of planetary nebulae, carefully synthesizes observations from across the spectrum and clearly explains all the key physical processes at work. Particular emphasis is placed on recent observations from space, using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Infrared Space Observatory and the ROSAT satellite. Coverage also describes exciting possibilities such as the use of planetary nebulae in determining the cosmic distance scale, the distribution of dark matter and the chemical evolution of galaxies. This book provides graduate students with an accessible introduction to planetary nebulae, and researchers with an authoritative reference. It can also be used as an advanced textbook on the physics of the interstellar medium.
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Book details

List price: $78.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.61" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Professor Kwok is the Dean of Science and Chair Professor of Physics of the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of established books and numerous papers. Professor Kwok?s area of research is stellar evolution and astrochemistry. His theory on the origin of planetary nebulae has influenced our understanding of the death of Sun-like stars. He has been guest observer on many space missions including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Infrared Space Observatory. Between 1994 and 2006, Professor Kwok served as the Principal Investigator for Canada?s submillimeter-wave satellite Odin which was successfully launched in 2001. He has served in many national and international bodies, including as chairman of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Planetary Nebulae (1994-2001), and Vice President, International Astronomical Union, Division VI (Interstellar Matter) (2009-present).

Preface
History and overview
Ionization structure of planetary nebulae
Nebular line radiation
Nebular continuum radiation
The neutral gas component
The dust component
Observations of the central star of planetary nebulae
Morphologies of planetary nebulae
Problems and questions
Asymptotic giant branch stars - progenitors of planetary nebulae
Evolution of the central stars
Formation of planetary nebulae
Dynamical evolution of planetary nebulae
Proto-planetary nebulae - the transition objects
Evolution to the white dwarf stage
Distances to planetary nebulae
Comparison between evolutionary models and observations
PN in the galactic context
Chemical abundances
Planetary nebulae in other galaxies
Concluding remarks
References
Appendix: list of symbols and abbreviations
Subject index