Physics of the Galaxy and Interstellar Matter

  • Helmut Scheffler
  • Hans Elsässer

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 1-22
  3. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 23-60
  4. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 61-147
  5. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 149-240
  6. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 241-364
  7. Helmut Scheffler, Hans Elsässer
    Pages 365-447
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 449-492

About this book


The present book is a translation of the original German edition (published in 1982) with some minor corrections and improvements. The guide to sup­ plementary and advanced literature given in the Appendix, however, has been brought up to date. This book is addressed primarily to students taking astronomy as a prin­ cipal or subsidiary subject, and to scientists of related fields, but amateur as­ tronomers should also be able to profit from it. For most chapters an elementary knowledge of mathematics and physics will be sufficient, however, Chaps. 5 and 6 impose somewhat greater requirements. In addition the reader should already be acquainted with the basic concepts of stellar physics as treated in introduc­ tory books, including the spectral types, the system of stellar magnitudes and colours, absolute magnitudes and luminosities, the Herlzsprung-Russell dia­ gram and its interpretation. A modem textbook should use SI units. On the other hand, the use of the cgs system is still the prevailing custom in astrophysics - together with the special units of astronomy: length is quoted in parsecs [pc], mass in solar masses [M0] and time in years [a]. We have therefore compromised and employed both cgs and SI units in this book, whichever was the appropriate choice in each instance. A table for conversion of cgs units into SI units and vice versa is given in the Appendix.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Helmut Scheffler
    • 1
  • Hans Elsässer
    • 2
  1. 1.LandessternwarteHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für AstronomieHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-17315-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-71721-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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