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An Introduction to Astrophysical Hydrodynamics

Author: Steven N Shore
Publisher: Oxford : Elsevier Science, 1992.
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This book is an introduction to astrophysical hydrodynamics for both astronomy and physics students. It provides a comprehensive and unified view of the general problems associated with fluids in a cosmic context, with a discussion of fluid dynamics and plasma physics. It is the only book on hydrodynamics that addresses the astrophysical context. Researchers and students will find this work to be an exceptional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Shore, Steven N.
An Introduction to Astrophysical Hydrodynamics.
Oxford : Elsevier Science, ©1992
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven N Shore
ISBN: 9780323139922 0323139922
OCLC Number: 829460320
Notes: Chapter 10. Diagnosis of Astrophysical Flows.
Description: 1 online resource (469 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; An Introduction to Astrophysical Hydrodynamics; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. The Equations of Fluid Motion; 1.1 Introductory Remarks; 1.2 Equations of Motion; 1.3 The Virial Theorem; 1.4 Energy Conservation; 1.5 Some Thermodynamics; 1.6 Conservative Form of the Fluid Equations; 1.7 Eulerian and Lagrangian Frames; 1.8 The Bernoulli Equation-The First Look; Appendix: Langmuir Waves as Perturbations of the Distribution Function; References; Chapter 2. Viscosity and Diffusion; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Navier-Stokes Equation. 2.3 Dissipation and Viscous Coupling2.4 Boundary Layers; 2.5 Diffusion and Kinetic Theory; References; Chapter 3. Vorticity and Rotation; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Geostrophic Approximation; 3.3 Rayleigh Stability Criterion; 3.4 Viscous Effects: A Simple Example; 3.5 Self-Gravitating Bodies; References; Chapter 4. Shocks; 4.1 Introduction to Shock Phenomena; 4.2 Generation of Shock Waves; 4.3 The Rankine-Hugoniot Conditions; 4.4 Some Additional Complications; 4.5 A Quodlibet of Applications of Shocks to Astrophysical Problems; Appendix A: Details of the Spiral Shock Picture. Appendix B: Bending of Jets by a Supersonic Cross-FlowAppendix C: Collisions of Galaxies with a n Intracluster Gas; References; Chapter 5. Similarity Methods; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Similarity Solution for Static Configurations: Polytropes; 5.3 Classical Gravitational Collapse; Appendix: Diffusion Equations; References; Chapter 6. Magnetic Fields in Astrophysics; 6.1 Historical Introduction; 6.2 The Basic Equations; 6.3 Alfvén Waves; 6.4 Magnetic Equilibrium: A Basic Example-Pinch Equilibrium; 6.5 Force-Free Fields; 6.6 Vorticity Analogy and Magnetic Helicity; 6.7 Magnetic Dynamos. 6.8 Magnetic ReconnectionAppendix: Rikitake's Toy Phenomenoiogical Model; References; Chapter 7. Turbulence; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Astrophysical Environments; 7.3 Incompressible Turbulence; 7.4 Kolmogorov Theory: T h e Role of Dissipation; 7.5 Time Dependence of the Turbulence Spectrum; 7.6 The Transition to Turbulence; 7.7 Compressible Turbulence: The Lighthill Process; 7.8 More Physical Complications; 7.9 Some Observational Signatures of Astrophysical Turbulence; Appendix A: Stochastic Functions and Their Application to Turbulence; Appendix B: Stochastic Differential Equations. Appendix C: FractalsAppendix D: Nonlinear Maps and the Transition to Chaos; References; Chapter 8. Outflows and Accretion; 8.1 Introduction; 8.2 Historical Overview of Winds, Especially from Stars; 8.3 The Isothermal Wind Problem; 8.4 Driving Stellar Mass Loss; 8.5 Magnetic Winds; 8.6 Winds within Winds; 8.7 Accretion Disks in Astrophysics; 8.8 Spherical Accretion; References; Chapter 9. Instabilities; 9.1 Introduction; 9.2 Waves; 9.3 Convection; 9.4 Pulsation as an Instability; 9.5 Thermal Instability; 9.6 A Selection of Important Instabilities; 9.7 Exeunt; References.

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This book is an introduction to astrophysical hydrodynamics for both astronomy and physics students. It provides a comprehensive and unified view of the general problems associated with fluids in a cosmic context, with a discussion of fluid dynamics and plasma physics. It is the only book on hydrodynamics that addresses the astrophysical context. Researchers and students will find this work to be an exceptional reference. Contents include chapters on irrotational and rotational flows, turbulence, magnetohydrodynamics, and instabilities.

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