Topics in Interstellar Matter

Invited Reviews Given for Commission 34 (Interstellar Matter) of the International Astronomical Union, at the Sixteenth General Assembly of IAU, Grenoble, August 1976

  • Hugo Van Woerden

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 70)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. The Hot Interstellar Gas Phase

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. B. Jenkins
      Pages 3-3
    3. Edward B. Jenkins
      Pages 5-16
    4. Donald P. Cox
      Pages 17-25
    5. E. B. Jenkins
      Pages 45-45
  3. Interaction of Stars and Interstellar Medium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. P. A. Shaver
      Pages 49-59
    3. Syuzo Isobe
      Pages 61-79
    4. G. S. Khromov
      Pages 89-96
    5. Lewis E. Snyder
      Pages 97-104
  4. Interstellar Molecules and Dust

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. B. Zuckerman
      Pages 107-112
    3. C. H. Townes
      Pages 113-123
    4. William D. Watson
      Pages 135-147
    5. P. G. Martin
      Pages 149-154
    6. N. C. Wickramasinghe
      Pages 155-162
  5. Large-Scale Distribution of Interstellar Matter in the Galaxy

  6. Interstellar Matter in External Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. G. Courtès
      Pages 209-242
    3. B. Louise Webster
      Pages 243-247
    4. Manuel Peimbert
      Pages 249-254
    5. R. Sancisi
      Pages 255-259
    6. Hugo Van Woerden
      Pages 261-283
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-299

About this book


Interstellar matter is one of the most active fields of research in present-day astronomy. Observational information spans the full electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays through rocket-ultraviolet, optical, infrared and millimeter to long radio waves. Results of research in physical chemistry find as much application as mathematical methods. Interstellar matter plays a leading role in studies of our Galaxy and of external galaxies, and contributes increasingly to stellar astronomy. At the 16th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, held in August 1976 in Grenoble, France, the many new developments in this vast field were surveyed in a number of sessions of Commission 34 (Interstellar Matter), mostly jointly with other Commissions of the Union. Separate sessions were devoted to: The hot interstellar gas phase, Interaction of stars and interstellar medium, Interstellar molecules and dust, The large-scale distribution of interstellar matter in the Galaxy, and Interstellar matter in external galaxies. Twenty-four invited review papers were presented and discussed in these sessions. The quality and success of these topical reviews made it seem desirable to make them available to a wider audience. Professor Edith Muller, the new General Secretary of the IAU, enthusiastically supported the idea. Most importantly, the reviewers - who had originally been pro­ mised that an oral paper was the only requirement - agreed to prepare written versions. I am grateful to Mrs. Muller, to the authors, and to Reidel Publishing for their collaboration in the preparation of this book.


Galaxy astrophysics galaxies interstellar matter planet stars stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo Van Woerden
    • 1
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1256-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1254-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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