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Supernova Explosions

  • David Branch
  • J. Craig Wheeler

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Observational Overview and General Interpretations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler
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    3. David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler
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  3. Massive-Star Supernovae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
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  4. Type Ia Supernovae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
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  5. Consequences, Applications, and Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 595-595
    2. David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler
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    3. David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler
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    4. David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 643-721

About this book

Introduction

Targeting advanced students of astronomy and physics, as well as astronomers and physicists contemplating research on supernovae or related fields, David Branch and J. Craig Wheeler offer a modern account of the nature, causes and consequences of supernovae, as well as of issues that remain to be resolved.


Owing especially to (1) the appearance of supernova 1987A in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, (2) the spectacularly successful use of supernovae as distance indicators for cosmology, (3) the association of some supernovae with the enigmatic cosmic gamma-ray bursts, and (4) the discovery of a class of superluminous supernovae, the pace of supernova research has been increasing sharply. This monograph serves as a broad survey of modern supernova research and a guide to the current literature.


The book’s emphasis is on the explosive phases of supernovae. Part 1 is devoted to a survey of the kinds of observations that inform us about supernovae, some basic interpretations of such data, and an overview of the evolution of stars that brings them to an explosive endpoint. Part 2 goes into more detail on core-collapse and superluminous events: which kinds of stars produce them, and how do they do it? Part 3 is concerned with the stellar progenitors and explosion mechanisms of thermonuclear (Type Ia) supernovae. Part 4 is about consequences of supernovae and some applications to astrophysics and cosmology. References are provided in sufficient number to help the reader enter the literature.

Keywords

Supernova observations Supernova remnants Supernova research Core-collapse supernovae Stellar explosions Supernova progenitors Superluminal Supernovae Supernova cosmology

Authors and affiliations

  • David Branch
    • 1
  • J. Craig Wheeler
    • 2
  1. 1.Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-55054-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-55052-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-55054-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-9698
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