The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae Autor: Sun Kwok
This authoritative volume provides a comprehensive review of the origin and evolution of planetary nebulae. It covers all the stages of their evolution, carefully synthesizes observations from across the spectrum, and clearly explains all the key physical processes at work. Particular emphasis is placed on observations from space, using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Infrared Space Observatory, and the ROSAT satellite. This book presents a thoroughly modern understanding of planetary nebulae, integrating developments in stellar physics with the dynamics of nebular evolution. It also describes exciting possibilities such as the use of planetary nebulae in determining the cosmic distance scale, the distribution of dark matter and the chemical evolution of galaxies. This book provides graduate students with an accessible introduction to planetary nebulae, and researchers with an authoritative reference. It can also be used as an advanced text on the physics of the interstellar medium.
Spis treści: Preface 1. History and overview 2. Ionization structure of planetary nebulae 3. Nebular line radiation 4. Nebular continuum radiation 5. The neutral gas component 6. The dust component 7. Observations of the central star of planetary nebulae 8. Morphologies of planetary nebulae 9. Problems and questions 10. Asymptotic giant branch stars – progenitors of planetary nebulae 11. Evolution of the central stars 12. Formation of planetary nebulae 13. Dynamical evolution of planetary nebulae 14. Proto-planetary nebulae – the transition objects 15. Evolution to the white dwarf stage 16. Distances to planetary nebulae 17. Comparison between evolutionary models and observations 18. PN in the galactic context 19. Chemical abundances 20. Planetary nebulae in other galaxies 21. Concluding remarks References Appendix: list of symbols and abbreviations Subject index.
dla: academic researchers, graduate students
|113 b/w illus. 18 tables|
|Paperback||247 x 174 mm|