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Physics, Formation and Evolution of Rotating Stars


  • Internationally recognized researcher offers first comprehensive pedagogically written treatment for researchers and students

  • Delivers two-track coverage with first-course covering basics and second track of advanced topics for graduate students and professionals


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Stellar Equilibrium With and Without Rotation

  3. Physical Properties of Stellar Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 137-175
    3. André Maeder
      Pages 177-192
    4. André Maeder
      Pages 193-212
  4. Hydrodynamical Instabilities and Transport Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 215-247
    3. André Maeder
      Pages 249-282
    4. André Maeder
      Pages 283-309
    5. André Maeder
      Pages 355-368
  5. Acoustic and Gravity Waves. Helio- and Asteroseismology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 371-399

About this book


Rotation is ubiquitous at each step of stellar evolution, from star formation to the final stages, and it affects the course of evolution, the timescales and nucleosynthesis. Stellar rotation is also an essential prerequisite for the occurrence of Gamma-Ray Bursts.

In this book the author thoroughly examines the basic mechanical and thermal effects of rotation, their influence on mass loss by stellar winds, the effects of differential rotation and its associated instabilities, the relation with magnetic fields and the evolution of the internal and surface rotation. Further, he discusses the numerous observational signatures of rotational effects obtained from spectroscopy and interferometric observations, as well as from chemical abundance determinations, helioseismology and asteroseismology, etc.

On an introductory level, this book presents in a didactical way the basic concepts of stellar structure and evolution in "track 1" chapters. The other more specialized chapters form an advanced course on the graduate level and will further serve as a valuable reference work for professional astrophysicists.


Accretion First Stars Gamma ray bursts Main sequence Star Star Formation Stars, magnetic Stars, rotating Stellar evolution Sun asteroseismology helioseismology stellar

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Université Genève Observatoire de GenèveSwitzerland

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From the reviews:

"Stellar phenomena are understood to varying degrees but remain challenging problems. … André Maeder, an astrophysicist at the Observatory of Geneva, has taken up that challenge. In Physics, Formation and Evolution of Rotating Stars, he not only treats stellar rotation, but weaves it into the broader tapestry of stellar structure. … a comprehensive work for graduate students and researchers. … With its wealth of information, Maeder’s book will be useful for those … interested in the internal dynamics of stars." (Steven Stahler, Physics Today, September, 2009)

“Maeder’s book develops the background theory of stellar evolution from the basics, allowing parts of the book to be accessible to (very) advanced undergraduates and making it more suitable as an introduction to the subject for a graduate student. … is probably best thought of as a reference text. … persevering reader will find much of interest, explained in a generally clear style. I shall certainly be glad to have this book on my shelf.” (Robert C. Smith, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 52 (1), 2011)