Physics, Formation and Evolution of Rotating Stars

  • André Maeder

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Stellar Equilibrium With and Without Rotation

  3. Physical Properties of Stellar Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 137-175
    3. André Maeder
      Pages 177-192
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      Pages 193-212
  4. Hydrodynamical Instabilities and Transport Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 215-247
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      Pages 249-282
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      Pages 283-309
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      Pages 355-368
  5. Acoustic and Gravity Waves. Helio- and Asteroseismology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 371-399
    3. André Maeder
      Pages 401-448
    4. André Maeder
      Pages 449-472
  6. Star Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. André Maeder
      Pages 475-495
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      Pages 497-512
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      Pages 539-550
    5. André Maeder
      Pages 551-570
  7. Main-Sequence and Post-MS Evolution

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 771-829

About this book


Rotation is ubiquitous at each step of stellar evolution, from star formation to the final stages, and it affects the course of evolution, the timescales and nucleosynthesis. Stellar rotation is also an essential prerequisite for the occurrence of Gamma-Ray Bursts.

In this book the author thoroughly examines the basic mechanical and thermal effects of rotation, their influence on mass loss by stellar winds, the effects of differential rotation and its associated instabilities, the relation with magnetic fields and the evolution of the internal and surface rotation. Further, he discusses the numerous observational signatures of rotational effects obtained from spectroscopy and interferometric observations, as well as from chemical abundance determinations, helioseismology and asteroseismology, etc.

On an introductory level, this book presents in a didactical way the basic concepts of stellar structure and evolution in "track 1" chapters. The other more specialized chapters form an advanced course on the graduate level and will further serve as a valuable reference work for professional astrophysicists.


Accretion First Stars Gamma ray bursts Main sequence Star Star Formation Stars, magnetic Stars, rotating Stellar evolution Sun asteroseismology helioseismology stellar

Authors and affiliations

  • André Maeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Genève Observatoire de GenèveSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-76948-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-76949-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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