Cosmic catastrophes : exploding stars, black holes, and mapping the universe [E-Book] / J. Craig Wheeler.
Wheeler, J. Craig, (author)
Second edition.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007
1 online resource (xviii, 339 pages)
englisch
9780511536625
9780521857147
9781107437913
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Table of Contents:
  • 1. Setting the stage : star formation and hydrogen burning in single stars
  • 1.1. Introduction
  • 1.2. Background
  • 1.3. Evolution
  • 2. Stellar death : the inexorable grip of gravity
  • 2.1. Red giants
  • 2.2. Stellar winds
  • 2.3. Quantum deregulation
  • 2.4. Core collapse
  • 2.5. Transfiguration
  • 3. Dancing with stars : binary stellar evolution
  • 3.1. Multiple stars
  • 3.2. Stellar orbits
  • 3.3. Roche lobes : the cult symbol
  • 3.4. The first stage of binary evolution : the Algol paradox
  • 3.5. Mass transfer
  • 3.6. Large separation
  • 3.7. Small separation
  • 3.8. Evolution of the second star
  • 3.9. Common-envelope phase
  • 3.10. Gravitational radiation
  • 4. Accretion disks : flat stars
  • 4.1. The third object
  • 4.2. How a disk forms
  • 4.3. Let there be light, and X-rays
  • 4.4. A source of friction
  • 4.5. A life of its own
  • 4.6. Fat centers? The DAF zoo
  • 5. White dwarfs : quantum dots
  • 5.1. Single white dwarfs
  • 5.2. Cataclysmic variables
  • 5.3. The origin of cataclysmic variables
  • 5.4. The final evolution of cataclysmic variables
  • 6. Supernovae : stellar catastrophes
  • 6.1. Observations
  • 6.2. The fate of massive stars
  • 6.3. Element factories
  • 6.4. Collapse and explosion
  • 6.5. Polarization and jets : new observations and new concepts
  • 6.6. Type Ia supernovae : the peculiar breed
  • 6.7. Light curves : radioactive nickel
  • 7. Supernova 1987A : lessons and enigmas
  • 7.1. The Large Magellanic Cloud awakes
  • 7.2. The onset
  • 7.3. Lessons from the progenitor
  • 7.4. Neutrinos!
  • 7.5. Neutron star?
  • 7.6. The light curve
  • 7.7. This cow's not spherical
  • 7.8. Rings and jets
  • 7.9. Other firsts
  • 8. Neutron stars : atoms with attitude
  • 8.1. History, theory leads, for once
  • 8.2. The nature of pulsars, not little green men
  • 8.3. Pulsars and supernovae, a game of hide and seek
  • 8.4. Neutron star structure, iron skin and superfluid guts
  • 8.5. Binary pulsars, "tango por dos"
  • 8.6. X-rays from neutron stars, hints of a violent Universe
  • 8.7. X-ray flares, a story retold
  • 8.8. The Rapid Burster, none of the above
  • 8.9. Millisecond pulsars
  • 8.10. Soft gamma-ray repeaters, reach out and touch someone
  • 8.11. Geminga
  • 9. Black holes in theory : into the abyss
  • 9.1. Why black holes?
  • 9.2. The event horizon
  • 9.3. Singularity
  • 9.4. Being a treatise on the general nature of death within a black hole
  • 9.5. Black holes in space and time
  • 9.6. Black-hole evaporation : Hawking radiation
  • 9.7. Fundamental properties of black holes
  • 9.8. Inside black holes
  • 10. Black holes in fact : exploring the reality
  • 10.1. The search for black holes
  • 10.2. Cygnus X-1
  • 10.3. Other suspects
  • 10.4. Black-hole X-ray novae
  • 10.5. The nature of the outburst
  • 10.6. Lessons from the X-rays
  • 10.7. SS 433
  • 10.8. Miniquasars
  • 10.9. Giants among us
  • 10.10. The middle ground
  • 11. Gamma-ray bursts, black holes and the Universe : long, long ago and far, far away
  • 11.1. Gamma-ray bursts : yet another cosmic mystery
  • 11.2. The revolution
  • 11.3. The shape of things
  • 11.4. The supernova and gamma-ray-burst connection
  • 11.5. The possibilities : birth pangs of black holes?
  • 11.6. The short hard bursts
  • 11.7. The future
  • 11.8. The past in our future : the Dark Ages
  • 12. Supernovae and the universe
  • 12.1. Our expanding universe
  • 12.2. The shape of the universe
  • 12.3. The age of the universe
  • 12.4. The fate of the universe
  • 12.5. Dark matter
  • 12.6. Vacuum energy, Einstein's blunder that wasn't
  • 12.7. Type Ia supernovae as calibrated candles and understood candles
  • 12.8. Supernovae and cosmology
  • 12.9. Acceleration!
  • 12.10. The shape of the universe revisited
  • 12.11. Dark energy
  • 12.12. The fate of the universe revisited
  • 13. Wormholes and time machines : tunnels in space and time
  • 13.1. The mystery of time
  • 13.2. Wormholes
  • 13.3. Time machines
  • 14. Beyond : the frontiers
  • 14.1. Quantum gravity
  • 14.2. When the singularity is not a singularity
  • 14.3. Hyperspace perspectives
  • 14.4. String theory
  • 14.5. Brane worlds
  • 14.6. A holographic universe
  • 14.7. Coda.