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Klaas S. de Boer, Ulrich J. Schwarz, Bart P. Wakker, Hugo van Woerden
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
High-Velocity Clouds

This book contains 17 chapters reviewing our knowledge of the high-velocity clouds (HVCs) as of 2004, bringing this together in one place for the first time. Each of the many different aspects of HVC research is addressed by one of the experts in that subfield. These include a historical overview of HVC research and analyses of the structure and kinematics of HVCs.

Separate chapters address the intermediate-velocity clouds, the Magellanic Stream, and neutral hydrogen HVCs discovered in external galaxies. Reviews are presented of the Ha emission and of optical and UV absorption-line studies, followed by discussions of the hot Galactic Halo and of the interactions between HVCs and their surroundings.

Four chapters summarize the ideas about the origin of the high-velocity gas, with detailed discussions of connections between HVCs and the Galactic Fountain, tidally-stripped material, and remnants of the Milky Way's formation. A chapter outlining what we do not know completes the book.

The book comes at a time when knowledge and understanding of the HVCs are making rapid progress, owing to technological, observational, and theoretical developments.

Table of contents
  • Preface
  • History of HVC Research - an overview; Bart P. Wakker, Klaas S. de Boer, Hugo van Woerden
  • HVC/IVC maps and HVC distribution functions; Bart P. Wakker
  • Kinematics of high
  • and intermediate-velocity gas; Ulrich J. Schwarz, Klaas S. de Boer
  • Intermediate-velocity clouds; C. Elise Albert, Laura Danly
  • HVCS related to the Magellanic System; Mary E. Putman
  • High-velocity HI gas in External Galaxies; Tom Oosterloo
  • The large and small-scale structure of HVCS; Ulrich J. Schwarz, Bart P. Wakker
  • Ionized gas associated with HVCS; Stephen L. Tufte
  • The coldest phase in halo HVCS: Dust and molecules; Philipp Richter, Klaas S. de Boer
  • Distances and Metallicities; Hugo van Woerden, Bart P. Wakker
  • The hot halo; Klaas S. de Boer
  • HVCS interacting with their environment; Christian Brüns, Ulrich Mebold
  • Warps, polar rings and High-velocity clouds; Linda S. Sparke
  • High-velocity clouds, the missing link? Leo Blitz, David N. Spergel, Peter J. Teuben, Dap Hartmann
  • Compact, isolated high-velocity clouds; W. Butler Burton, Robert Braun, Vincent de Heij
  • The origin of the high-velocity clouds; Joel N. Bregman
  • Unsolved mysteries of high-velocity clouds; Robert A. Benjamin
  • Index

Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2004, 406 S.
144,45 Euro
ISBN: 978-1-4020-2578-5

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