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ISBN-10: 1402051786

ISBN-13: 9781402051784

Edition: 2010

Authors: C. Aerts, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, D. W. Kurtz

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The recent research domain of asteroseismology refers to the study of the internal structure of pulsating stars through the interpretation of their frequency spectra. Asteroseismologists make great use of the oscillations to probe the stellar interior, which is not directly observable. The basic principles of asteroseismology are very much alike those developed by earth seismologists. No part of the Universe is more difficult to observe directly than the interior of the stars. The reason why stellar interiors can be probed from oscillations is that different oscillation modes penetrate to different depths inside the star. Asteroseismology is the only available method so far to derive the internal structure of the stars with high precision. Oscillations can be excited in stars when thermal energy is converted into kinetic energy of pulsation. Similarly as for any heat engine, this proces is effective if heat is absorbed in the high temperature phase of oscillation and emitted when the temperature is low. The main mechanism for stars is the net conversion of radiation energy into pulsational energy in the surface layers of some classes of stars. The resulting oscillations are usually studied under the assumption that they are small, and that the star is isolated and spherically symmetric.
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Book details

List price: $219.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 1/11/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 866
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

Tenured Associate Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium. Professor by special appointment Asteroseismology, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Winner of the biennial prize of astronomical and geophysical sciences of the Royal Academy of Belgium, 1995. Kiwanis Club Award: best post-doc researcher in pure sciences, 1998. 26ième Prix biennale Paul & Marie Stroobants, Academie Royale des Sciences, des Letres & des beaux Arts, Belgium 2003. Currently leading a research team within the Institute of Astronomy Leuven, Belgium, consisting of 4 post-doc students, 5 PhD students, 5 master students and 1 software engineer.