An Introduction to the Evolution of Single and Binary Stars

  • Matthew¬†Benacquista

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Measuring Stars

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  3. Equations and Processes

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      Pages 45-45
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  4. Stellar Models

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  5. Dynamical Systems

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-262

About this book


An Introduction to the Evolution of Single and Binary Stars provides physicists with an understanding of binary and single star evolution, beginning with a background and introduction of basic astronomical concepts. Although a general treatment of stellar structure and evolution is included, the text stresses the physical processes that lead to stellar mass compact object binaries that may be sources of observable gravitational radiation.

Basic concepts of astronomy, stellar structure and atmospheres, single star evolution, binary systems and mass transfer, compact objects, and dynamical systems are covered in the text. Readers will understand the astrophysics behind the populations of compact object binary systems and have sufficient background to delve deeper into specific areas of interest. In addition, derivations of important concepts and worked examples are included. No previous knowledge of astronomy is assumed, although a familiarity with undergraduate quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and thermodynamics is beneficial.


compact binaries evolution of stars single and binary stars star cluster dynamics star formation stellar birth stellar evolution stellar evolution explained undergraduate text

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew¬†Benacquista
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  1. 1.Texas, Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Texas at BrownsvilleBrownsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-9990-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9991-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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