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Melia, Fulvio
High-energy astrophysics / Fulvio Melia
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QB464 .M45 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Nuclear astrophysics
Astrophysics
Physical Description x, 360 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-349) and index
Contents Introduction and motivation. The field of high-energy astrophysics -- Energies, luminosities, and timescales -- Atmospheric absorption -- Experimental tools of high energy astrophysics -- High-energy telescopes -- The high-energy sky. X-ray maps up to 10 keV -- The sky between 10 keV and 1 MeV -- Surveys up to 30 MeV -- The highest energy maps produced in earth orbit -- Relativity. Special relativity -- Relativistic transformation of physical laws -- General relativity -- Static spacetimes -- Particle acceleration. Gravity -- Electromagnetic fields -- Fermi acceleration --
Radiative processes. The radiation field -- Intensity -- Thermal Bremsstrahlung -- Single particle synchrotron emissivity -- Thermal synchrotron -- Nonthermal synchrotron -- Compton scattering -- Accretion of plasma. Hydrodynamics -- Bondi-Hoyle accretion -- Roche lobe geometry in binaries and accretion from a companion star -- Formation of a disk. Accretion disk theory -- Viscosity and radial disk structure -- Standard thin disk theory -- Accretion columns -- Two-temperature thin disks -- Thick accretion disks. Thick-disk structure -- Radiatively inefficient flows --
Pulsing sources. Radio pulsars -- X-ray pulsars -- Cataclysmic variables -- Black holes in binaries. Early discovery of black holes -- The archetypal HMXB Cygnus X-1 -- X-ray Novae -- QPOs in black-hole binaries -- Bursting stars. X-ray burst sources -- Gamma-ray burst sources -- Supermassive black holes in AGNs. Their discovery and identification -- Nearby objects -- Supermassive black holes in AGNs -- The high-energy background. Cosmic rays -- Galaxy clusters -- Diffuse emission
Series Princeton series in astrophysics

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