Physical Processes in Interstellar Clouds

  • G. E. Morfill
  • M. Scholer

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 210)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Carl Heiles, Shrinivas R. Kulkarni
    Pages 13-33
  3. Leo Blitz
    Pages 35-58
  4. E. Falgarone, M. Pérault
    Pages 59-73
  5. A. W. Strong
    Pages 75-80
  6. J. L. Osborne, M. Parkinson, K. M. Richardson, A. W. Wolfendale
    Pages 81-87
  7. Richard McCray
    Pages 95-104
  8. Bruce G. Elmegreen
    Pages 105-114
  9. Gary A. Fuller, P. C. Myers
    Pages 137-160
  10. Susana Lizano, Frank H. Shu
    Pages 173-193
  11. L. G. Stentholm
    Pages 195-203
  12. L. G. Stenholm
    Pages 205-217
  13. A. Dalgarno
    Pages 219-239
  14. Ewine F. van Dishoeck, John H. Black
    Pages 241-274
  15. H.-P. Gail, E. Sedlmayr
    Pages 275-303
  16. L. J. Allamandola, A. G. G. M. Tielens, J. R. Barker
    Pages 305-331
  17. A. G. G. M. Tielens, L. J. Allamandola
    Pages 333-376
  18. D. A. Williams
    Pages 377-388
  19. B. T. Draine
    Pages 423-428
  20. Carl Heiles
    Pages 429-452
  21. Telemachos Ch. Mouschovias
    Pages 491-552
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 553-554

About this book


This book is the result of a meeting held in August, 1986 in Irsee, West Germany. As the title suggests, the aim of the meeting was to discuss physical processes in interstellar clouds, determine the current status, aims and future direction of the research in this area. Interstellar clouds contain nearly all the mass of diffuse gas in our galaxy, some 10% of the total galactic mass. They represent the birth site for stars and the final "dumping ground" for matter ejected from stars (winds, ex­ plosive ejecta) and thus play an integral part in the galactic recycling of material. Not only are the clouds important for the structure and evolution of our galaxy, they are also interesting objects of study "per se". Because of their vast scales (up to about 100 parsec), extreme temperatures (as low as about lOOK), and long life 8 times (estimated a about 10 years) a number of physical and chemical processes occur in these environments, which we are not able to study elesewhere, certainly not in laboratories. It is for this reason that the meeting, and hence this book, was organized in such a way that firstly the latest observational results were sum­ m~ized, going from the global, large scales, to finer details and dynamics, then progressing onwards to the processes -dynamical, chemical, electromagnetic, etc.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. E. Morfill
    • 1
  • M. Scholer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikMax-Planck-Institut für Physik und AstrophysikGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8250-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3945-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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