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Stars as laboratories for fundamental physics : the astrophysics of neutrinos, axions, and other weakly interacting particles

Author: Georg G Raffelt
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Series: Theoretical astrophysics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For centuries the heavens have been a natural laboratory to test the classical laws of motion, and more recently to test Einstein's theory of gravity. Today, astrophysics has become a vast playing ground for applications of the laws of microscopic physics, especially the properties of elementary particles and their interactions. Much of what we know about neutrinos is revealed by astronomical observations, and the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Georg G Raffelt
ISBN: 0226702715 9780226702711 0226702723 9780226702728
OCLC Number: 33103923
Description: xxii, 664 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Energy-Loss Argument --
2. Anomalous Stellar Energy Losses Bounded by Observations --
3. Particles Interacting with Electrons and Baryons --
4. Processes in a Nuclear Medium --
5. Two-Photon Coupling of Low-Mass Bosons --
6. Particle Dispersion and Decays in Media --
7. Nonstandard Neutrinos --
8. Neutrino Oscillations --
9. Oscillations of Trapped Neutrinos --
10. Solar Neutrinos --
11. Supernova Neutrinos --
12. Radiative Particle Decays from Distant Sources --
13. What Have We Learned from SN 1987A? --
14. Axions --
15. Miscellaneous Exotica --
16. Neutrinos: The Bottom Line --
App. A. Units and Dimensions --
App. B. Neutrino Coupling Constants --
App. C. Numerical Neutrino Energy-Loss Rates --
App. D. Characteristics of Stellar Plasmas.
Series Title: Theoretical astrophysics.
Responsibility: Georg G. Raffelt.
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Standing at the intersection of two burgeoning fields, astrophysics and particle physics, this book describes what the study of stars reveals about fundamental particle reactions. It focuses  Read more...

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