The Structure and Evolution of the Sun

  • Giuseppe Severino

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-275

About this book


This book equips the reader with a coherent understanding of the structure of the Sun and its evolution and provides all the knowledge required to construct a simplified model of the Sun.

The early chapters cover key aspects of basic physics and describe the Sun’s size, mass, luminosity, and temperature. Using a semi-empirical approach, the structure of the present Sun is then modeled in detail, layer by layer, proceeding from the photosphere to the convection zone, radiation zone, and core. Finally, all stages of the Sun’s evolution, from its formation to the end of its life, are carefully explained.

The book is primarily intended for university students taking the initial steps in moving from physics to astrophysics. It includes worked exercises and problems to illustrate the concepts discussed, as well as additional problems for independent study. With the aim of helping the reader as much as possible, most of the mathematics required to use the book are provided in the text.


Solar physics up-to-date textbook Solar structure Solar evolution Solar standard model Photosphere Radiation zone Solar core Updated values of the sun

Authors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Severino
    • 1
  1. 1.NapoliItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64960-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64961-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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