Hydrodynamics and Stellar Winds

An Introduction

  • Walter J. Maciel

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 157-178

About this book


Stellar winds are a common phenomenon in the life of stars, from the dwarfs like the Sun to the red giants and hot supergiants, constituting one of the basic aspects of modern astrophysics. Stellar winds are a hydrodynamic phenomenon in which circumstellar gases expand towards the interstellar medium. This book presents an elementary introduction to the fundamentals of hydrodynamics with an application to the study of stellar winds. The principles of hydrodynamics have many other applications, so that the book can be used as an introduction to hydrodynamics for students of physics, astrophysics and other related areas.


Astrophysical fluid equations Energy equations Expansion of circumstellar gases Hydrodynamics of stellar winds Interstellar medium Shock waves Sound waves

Authors and affiliations

  • Walter J. Maciel
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  1. 1.Departamento de AstronomiaCidade Universitaria IAG/USPSão PauloBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04327-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04328-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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