Stellar Atmospheres: Beyond Classical Models

  • L. Crivellari
  • I. Hubeny
  • D. G. Hummer

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 341)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Section 1

  3. Section 2

    1. Thomas Rauch, Klaus Werner
      Pages 165-174
    2. Å. Nordlund, R. F. Stein
      Pages 263-279
    3. Hollis R. Johnson
      Pages 281-290
  4. Section 3

  5. Special Session

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 453-461

About this book


The theory of stellar atmospheres is one of the most important branches of modern astrophysics. It is first of all a major tool for understanding all aspects of stars. As the physical properties of their outer layers can now be found with high precision, firm conclusions can be drawn about the internal structure and evolution of stars. Moreover, improvements in our knowledge of the chemical composition of stars is shedding new light on the chemical evolution of galaxies and of the Universe as a whole. Because the outer layers of stars are among the best-understood astrophysical objects, the theory of stellar atmospheres plays an important role in the study of many other types of objects. These include planetary nebulae, H II regions, interstellar matter, and objects of interest in high-energy astrophysics, such as accretion disks (close binaries, dwarf novae, cataclysmic variables, quasars, active galactic nuclei), pulsar magnetospheres, and Seyfert galaxies. Finally, as stars provide a laboratory in which plasmas can be studied under more extreme conditions than on earth, the study of stellar atmospheres has strong connections with modern physics. Astronomical observations provided a vital stimulus in the early stages of quantum theory and atomic physics; even today topics such as low-temperature dielectronic recombination develop hand in hand with the interpretation of stellar and nebular spectra. Early work on MHD was similiarly motivated. Many such connections remain to be explored.


Accretion Galaxy LOPES Quasar astrophysics galaxies interstellar matter magnetosphere neutron star quasars stellar universe

Editors and affiliations

  • L. Crivellari
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. Hubeny
    • 3
  • D. G. Hummer
    • 4
  1. 1.Osservatorio Astronomico di TriesteTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasTenerifeSpain
  3. 3.GSFCUniversities Space Research AssociationGreenbeltUSA
  4. 4.Joint Institute for Laboratory AstrophysicsUniversity of Colorado and National Institute of Standards and TechnologyBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5574-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3554-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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