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Reviews in Frontiers of Modern Astrophysics

From Space Debris to Cosmology

  • Petr Kabáth
  • David Jones
  • Marek Skarka


  • Offers a collection of 13 review articles on a wide spectrum of modern astronomical topics

  • Serves as inspiration for advanced graduate students in astronomy

  • Written by expert members of an EU-funded ERASMUS+ program of strategic partnership between several European institutes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jiří Šilha
    Pages 1-21
  3. Pavol Matlovič, Juraj Tóth
    Pages 23-44
  4. Jan Budaj, Petr Kabáth, Enric Palle
    Pages 45-88
  5. Nicolas Lodieu, Ernst Paunzen, Miloslav Zejda
    Pages 213-243
  6. Michael A. Beasley
    Pages 245-277
  7. Norbert Werner, François Mernier
    Pages 279-310
  8. Ivana Orlitova
    Pages 379-411

About this book


This book presents a collection of focused review papers on the advances in topics in modern astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology and planetary science. The chapters are written by expert members of an EU-funded ERASMUS+ program of strategic partnership between several European institutes.

The 13 reviews comprise the topics:
  1. Space debris, optical measurements
  2. Meteors, light from comets and asteroids
  3. Extrasolar enigmas: from disintegrating exoplanets to exo-asteroids
  4. Physical conditions and chemical abundances in photoionized nebulae from optical spectra
  5. Observational Constraints on the Common Envelope Phase
  6. A modern guide to quantitative spectroscopy of massive OB stars
  7. Explosion mechanisms of core-collapse supernovae and their observational signatures
  8. Low-mass and substellar eclipsing binaries in stellar clusters
  9. Globular cluster systems and Galaxy Formation
  10. Hot atmospheres of galaxies, groups, and clusters of galaxies
  11. The establishment of the Standard Cosmological Model through observations
  12. Exploiting solar visible-range observations by inversion techniques: from flows in the solar subsurface to a flaring atmosphere
  13. Starburst galaxies 

The book is intended for the general astronomical community as well as for advanced students who could use it as a guideline, inspiration and overview for their future careers in astronomy.


ERASMUS+ programme stellar clusters astronomical instrumentation galaxies and AGNs solar physics exoplanet observation and theory stellar physics planetary nebulae space debris minor bodies in solar system

Editors and affiliations

  • Petr Kabáth
    • 1
  • David Jones
    • 2
  • Marek Skarka
    • 3
  1. 1.Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of SciencesOndrejovCzech Republic
  2. 2.Instituto de Astrofisica de CanariasLa LagunaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Theoretical Physics and AstrophysicsMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

About the editors

Petr Kabath obtained a degree in physics from Freie Universitat Berlin in 2006. Later, he started to work on his Phd thesis on exoplanets at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt in Berlin in group of Prof. Heike Rauer. His Phd thesis was successfully defended in 2009 and he joined European Southern Observatory as an ESO Paranal Fellow. In 2013, he changed to a staff astronomer position at Paranal Observatory and in 2015 he obtained a Purkyne Fellowship from Czech Academy of Sciences awarded for returning young scientists. Petr Kabath works currently at the Astronomical Instiute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ondrejov, Czech Republic where he is leading a new exoplanet research group. Petr Kabath published more than 36 refereed papers and numerous proceedings and other non-refereed publications. He also devoted his time to career enhancement of young astronomers and he is also regularly publishing articles about astronomy for general public.

David Jones received his Phd in 2011, from the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, for his work on the morphologies and kinematics of planetary nebulae. He has also worked at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory, the Universidad de Atacama and the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, and is currently based at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias on the Spanish island of La Palma. He is the author of more than 40 refereed papers covering topics ranging from near-Earth asteroids to supernovae type Ia. Since 2018, he is a member of the organizing committee of the International Astronomical Union's Planetary Nebulae commission.

Marek Skarka got his PhD at Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (DTPA), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is currently working at DTPA (awarded with the Postdoc@MUNI grant). Before that he spent 2 years at Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, Hungary and 1 year at the Astronomical institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ondrejov, Czech Republic. His main interests are pulsating stars in binaries and exoplanets. He published 34 papers in refereed journals and 20 conference proceedings. His most important are works on RR Lyrae stars. He is a member of IAU, Variable Star and Exoplanet Section of the Czech Astronomical Society, main editor of the Open European Journal on Variable stars (OEJV). He is also experienced observer (60 nights spectroscopy, 200 photometry). He (co)supervised 8 undergraduate and graduate students.


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