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Supernova explosions

Author: David Branch; J Craig Wheeler
Publisher: Berlin : Springer, ©2017.
Series: Astronomy and astrophysics library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)987282611
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Branch; J Craig Wheeler
ISBN: 9783662550540 3662550547
OCLC Number: 1000026957
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Contents; Part I Observational Overview and General Interpretations; 1 Overview; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Discovery; 1.3 Spectral Classification; 1.4 Photometry; 1.5 Spectral Evolution; 1.6 Explosion Mechanisms; 1.7 Asymmetries and Polarization; 1.8 Sites, Environments, and Rates; 1.9 Circumstellar Interaction; 1.10 Supernova Remnants; 1.11 Gamma-Ray Bursts; 1.12 Summary; 2 Search and Discovery; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Nearby Supernovae; 2.3 Hubble-Flow Supernovae; 2.4 High-Redshift Supernovae; 2.5 Summary; 3 Environments and Rates of Supernovae; 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Direct Detection of Progenitors and Companion Stars3.3 Environments in the Local Universe; 3.4 Rates in the Local Universe; 3.5 The Galactic Rate; 3.6 Inferences from Rates About Progenitors of Core-Collapse Supernovae; 3.7 Rates Versus Redshift; 3.8 The SN Ia Delay-Time Distribution; 3.9 Summary; 4 Spectra; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Elements of Line Formation in the Photospheric Phase; 4.2.1 The Velocity Law; 4.2.2 Resonant-Scattering Line Profile: Qualitative Overview; 4.2.3 Resonant-Scattering Line Profile: More Quantitative; 4.2.4 Multiple Scattering: Line Blending 4.3 Lines To Be Considered4.4 Synthetic Spectra for the Photospheric Phase; 4.4.1 SYNOW; 4.4.2 Elementary Monte Carlo; 4.4.3 Detailed Calculations; 4.4.3.1 Non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (NLTE); 4.4.3.2 Nonthermal Excitation and Ionization; 4.4.3.3 Multiple Electron Scattering; 4.4.3.4 Advanced Spectrum Codes; 4.5 The Nebular Phase; 4.6 Spectropolarimetry; 4.7 Summary; 5 Light Curves; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Physical Conditions; 5.3 Understanding Basic Properties of Supernova Light Curves; 5.4 Energy Sources; 5.4.1 Shock Energy: Breakout, Fireball, and Plateau 5.4.2 Radioactive Decay of 56Ni and 56Co5.4.3 Gamma-Ray Light Curves; 5.4.4 Buried Pulsar/Magnetar; 5.5 Application to Supernova Types; 5.5.1 SN Ia; 5.5.2 SN Ib/c; 5.5.3 SN IIb; 5.5.4 SN IIP; 5.5.5 SN 1987A; 5.5.6 Light-Curve Extremes; 5.6 Detailed Calculations; 5.7 Summary; 6 Circumstellar Interaction; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Hydrodynamic Interaction; 6.3 Optical, UV, and X-ray Emission from the Shocked Regions; 6.4 Optical, UV, and X-ray Emission from the UnshockedRegions; 6.5 Radio Emission; 6.6 Dust and Infrared Emission; 6.7 Clumps; 6.8 Shells; 6.9 Optically-Thick CSM 6.10 Core-Collapse Supernovae6.11 Type Ia Supernovae; 6.12 Summary; 7 Supernova Remnants; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 SNR Populations; 7.2.1 Galactic SNRs; 7.2.2 Extragalactic SNRs; 7.3 Evolution of Shell SNRs; 7.3.1 Classical Theory; 7.3.2 Presupernova Shells; 7.4 Young SNRs; 7.4.1 Cassiopeia A; 7.4.2 SN 1054 and the Crab Nebula; 7.4.3 SN 1181 and SNR 3C58; 7.4.4 SN 1572 and the Tycho SNR; 7.4.5 SN 1604 and the Kepler SNR; 7.4.6 SN 1006 and SNR G327.6+14.6; 7.4.7 SN 185 and SNR RCW 86; 7.4.8 G1.9+0.3: The Youngest Known Galactic SNR; 7.4.9 SN 1885A and Its SNR in the Andromeda Galaxy; 7.5 Summary
Series Title: Astronomy and astrophysics library.
Responsibility: David Branch, J. Craig Wheeler.

Abstract:

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.

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