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James Binney, Mike Merrifield
Princeton Series in Astrophysics
Galactic Astronomy

This is the definitive treatment of the phenomenology of galaxies--a clear and comprehensive volume that takes full account of the extraordinary recent advances in the field. The book supersedes the classic text Galactic Astronomy that James Binney wrote with Dimitri Mihalas, and complements Galactic Dynamics by Binney and Scott Tremaine. It will be invaluable to researchers and is accessible to any student who has a background in undergraduate physics.

The book draws on observations both of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and of external galaxies. The two sources are complementary, since the former tends to be highly detailed but difficult to interpret, while the latter is typically poorer in quality but conceptually simpler to understand. Binney and Merrifield introduce all astronomical concepts necessary to understand the properties of galaxies, including coordinate systems, magnitudes and colors, the phenomenology of stars, the theory of stellar and chemical evolution, and the measurement of astronomical distances. The book's core covers the phenomenology of external galaxies, star clusters in the Milky Way, the interstellar media of external galaxies, gas in the Milky Way, the structure and kinematics of the stellar components of the Milky Way, and the kinematics of external galaxies.

Throughout, the book emphasizes the observational basis for current understanding of galactic astronomy, with references to the original literature. Offering both new information and a comprehensive view of its subject, it will be an indispensable source for professionals, as well as for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Galaxies: an overview
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 A brief history of galactic astronomy
  • 2. Astronomical Measurements
    • 2.1 Positions, motions and coordinate systems
    • 2.2 Distances determined from velocities
    • 2.3 Magnitudes and colors
    • 2.4 Gravitational lensing
    • 2.5 Archival data and catalogs
  • 3 The Properties of Stars
    • 3.1 The masses of stars
    • 3.2 The radii of stars
    • 3.3 Classification of stars
    • 3.4 Physical interpretation of stellar spectra
    • 3.5 Color-magnitude diagrams
    • 3.6 The stellar luminosity function
    • 3.7 Interstellar dust
  • 4 Morphology of Galaxies
    • 4.1 Morphological classification of galaxies
    • 4.2 Surface photometry of galaxies
    • 4.3 Photometry of elliptical galaxies
    • 4.4 Photometry of disk galaxies
    • 4.5 Globular cluster systems
    • 4.6 Abnormal galaxies
  • 5 Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations
    • 5.1 Stellar evolution and the CM diagram
    • 5.2 Synthesis of the chemical elements
    • 5.3 Models of chemical enrichment
    • 5.4 Evolution of stellar populations
  • 6 Star clusters
    • 6.1 Globular clusters
    • 6.2 Open clusters
  • 7 The Cosmic Distance Scale
    • 7.1 An introduction to cosmology
    • 7.2 Absolute distance estimators
    • 7.3 Relative distance estimators
    • 7.4 Results
  • 8 The Interstellar Media of Galaxies
    • 8.1 How interstellar matter is detected
    • 8.2 The ISM in disk galaxies
    • 8.3 The ISM in elliptical galaxies
    • 8.4 Intergalactic gas
  • 9 The Milky Way's ISM
    • 9.1 The kinematics of differential rotation
    • 9.2 The large-scale distribution of HI and CO
    • 9.3 Other tracers of the ISM
    • 9.4 The central disk
    • 9.5 The nucleus
    • 9.6 Small-scale structure of the ISM
  • 10 Components of the Milky Way
    • 10.1 Gross structure from surface photometry
    • 10.2 The bulge
    • 10.3 Kinematics of stars near the Sun
    • 10.4 The structure of the stellar disk
    • 10.5 The halo
    • 10.6 Galaxy models
    • 10.7 Formation and evolution of the Milky Way
  • 11 Stellar Kinematics in External Galaxies
    • 11.1 Measuring the kinematics of external galaxies
    • 11.2 The stellar kinematics of elliptical galaxies
    • 11.3 The stellar kinematics of disk galaxies
  • App. A Gravitational deflection of light
  • App. B Important astronomical catalogs
  • App. C Richardson-Lucy deconvolution
  • App. D Useful numbers
  • References
  • Index

Princeton University Press, 1998, 850 S.
52,80 Euro
Broschiert, w. figs.
ISBN: 978-0-691-02565-0

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