Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Supernovae and Supernova Remnants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Historical Supernovae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. F. Richard Stephenson
      Pages 49-62
    3. Satoru Katsuda
      Pages 63-81
    4. Roger Blandford, Rolf Bühler
      Pages 83-95
    5. Roland Kothes
      Pages 97-115
    6. Anne Decourchelle
      Pages 117-137
    7. Bon-Chul Koo, Changbom Park
      Pages 161-178
    8. David A. Green, F. Richard Stephenson
      Pages 179-191
  4. Types of Supernovae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Iair Arcavi
      Pages 239-276
    3. Elena Pian, Paolo A. Mazzali
      Pages 277-292
    4. Kate Maguire
      Pages 293-316
    5. Stefan Taubenberger
      Pages 317-373

About this book


This reference work gathers all of the latest research in the supernova field areas to create a definitive source book on supernovae, their remnants and related topics. It includes each distinct subdiscipline, including stellar types, progenitors, stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis of elements, supernova types, neutron stars and pulsars, black holes, swept up interstellar matter, cosmic rays, neutrinos from supernovae, supernova observations in different wavelengths, interstellar molecules and dust. While there is a great deal of primary and specialist literature on supernovae, with a great many scientific groups around the world focusing on the phenomenon and related subdisciplines, nothing else presents an overall survey. This handbook closes that gap at last. As a comprehensive and balanced collection that presents the current state of knowledge in the broad field of supernovae, this is to be used as a basis for further work and study by graduate students, astronomers and astrophysicists working in close/related disciplines, and established groups.  

Editorial Board


  • Athem W. Alsabti University College London Observatory, University College London, London, UK
          Sections: Supernovae and Supernova Remnants                          Supernovae and the Environment of the Solar System

  • Paul Murdin Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
          Section: Supernovae and Supernova Remnants

  • David Arnett Steward Observatory,University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
           Section: Nucleosynthesis in Supernovae
  • Phil Charles University of Southampton, School of Physics and Astronomy, Southampton, UK
          Section: Stellar Remnants - Neutron Stars and Black Holes
  • Robert A. Fesen Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA
          Section: Evolution of Supernovae and the Interstellar Medium
  • David A. Green Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
          Section: Historical Supernovae

  • Mario Hamuy Astronomy Department, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile;  Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Santiago, Chile
          Section: Cosmology from Supernovae
  • Peter Hoeflich Department of Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
          Section: Explosion Mechanisms of Supernovae
  • Ken’ichi Nomoto Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI), The University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
          Section: Supernovae and Stellar Evolution
  • Stephen Smart  Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University, Belfast; Northern Ireland, UK
           Section: Light Curves and Spectra of Supernovae
  • Mark Sullivan School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK 
          Section: Types of Supernovae

  • Friedrich-Karl Thielemann Department of Physics, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
          Sections: Neutrinos, Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Rays
                          Nucleosynthesis in Supernovae
  • Chengmin M. Zhang National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China;  Key Laboratory of Radio Astronomy, CAS, Beijing, China;  School of Physical Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 
          Section: Stellar Remnants - Neutron Stars and Black Holes


Cosmology from Supernovae Explosion Mechanisms of Supernovae Formation of Pulsars, Neutrons Stars and Black Holes Historical Supernovae ISM and Supernovae Remnants Light Curves and Spectra of Supernova Neutrinos and Supernovae Nucleosynthesis in Supernovae Supernovae Handbook Supernovae Reference Supernovae and Stellar Evolution Types of Supernovae

Editors and affiliations

  • Athem W. Alsabti
    • 1
  • Paul Murdin
    • 2
  1. 1.University College London ObservatoryUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute of AstronomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21845-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21846-5
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