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Stellar explosions : hydrodynamics and nucleosynthesis / Jordi José.

José, Jordi [Browse]
Boca Raton : CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, c2016.
xix, 452 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Series in astronomy and astrophysics. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Stars are the main factories of element production in the universe through a suite of complex and intertwined physical processes. Such stellar alchemy is driven by multiple nuclear interactions that through eons have transformed the pristine, metal-poor ashes leftover by the Big Bang into a cosmos with 100 distinct chemical species. The products of stellar nucleosynthesis frequently get mixed inside stars by convective transport or through hydrodynamic instabilities, and a fraction of them is eventually ejected into the interstellar medium, thus polluting the cosmos with gas and dust. The study of the physics of the stars and their role as nucleosynthesis factories owes much to cross-fertilization of different, somehow disconnected fields, ranging from observational astronomy, computational astrophysics, and cosmochemistry to experimental and theoretical nuclear physics. Few books have simultaneously addressed the multidisciplinary nature of this field in an engaging way suitable for students and young scientists. Providing the required multidisciplinary background in a coherent way has been the driving force for Stellar Explosions: Hydrodynamics and Nucleosynthesis. Written by a specialist in stellar astrophysics, this book presents a rigorous but accessible treatment of the physics of stellar explosions from a multidisciplinary perspective at the crossroads of computational astrophysics, observational astronomy, cosmochemistry, and nuclear physics. Basic concepts from all these different fields are applied to the study of classical and recurrent novae, type I and II supernovae, X-ray bursts and superbursts, and stellar mergers. The book shows how a multidisciplinary approach has been instrumental in our understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, particularly during explosive events.-- Source other than Library of Congress.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Computational Hydrodynamics -- To Grid or Not to Grid: A Primer on Hydrocodes -- Equations of Stellar Structure -- A Touch of Hydrodynamics -- Grid-Based Methods: The Realm of Finite Differences -- Gridless Methods: Smoothed-Particle Hydrodynamics -- Building a 1D Hydrodynamic Code -- Code Validation and Verification -- Nuclear Physics -- Nuclear Prelude: Abundances, Masses, and Binding Energies -- Nuclear Fusion -- Nuclear Interactions -- Stellar Evolution in a Nutshell: H- to Si-Burning -- Cosmochemistry and Presolar Grains -- Meteorites and Stellar Astrophysics -- Grain Formation and Growth -- The Stardust Market -- Experimental Techniques and Instruments -- Classical and Recurrent Novae -- Stellae Novae: Beacons in the Ocean of Night -- Classical and Recurrent Novae: The Big Picture -- Designing a Nova Outburst -- Nova Nuclear Symphony -- Nova Light Curve -- Observational Constraints -- Type Ia Supernovae -- Historical Supernovae -- Spectroscopy of Supernovae -- Light Curves: Supernova Pyrotechnics -- Progenitors -- Blowing Up Stars in the Laptop: The Modeling of Type Ia Supernovae -- X-Ray Bursts and Superbursts -- Discovery of X-Ray Bursts -- Observational Constraints -- A Spark to a Flame: Outlining the Explosion Mechanism -- Superbursts -- Core-Collapse Supernovae -- SN 1987A -- Observations of Core-Collapse Supernovae: Spectra and Light Curves -- Core-Collapse Supernovae: Evolution beyond Core Silicon Burning and Explosion -- Nucleosynthesis -- Observational Constraints -- Supernovae, Neutron Star Mergers, and the Origin of Gamma-Ray Bursts -- Appendix A: Henyey Method for Arbitrary Hydrodynamic Problems -- Appendix B: Computer Program for the Free-Fall Collapse Problem.
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