Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Rosemary F. G. Wyse
    Pages 1-19
  3. Poul Erik Nissen
    Pages 21-54
  4. Anna Frebel, John E. Norris
    Pages 55-114
  5. Pavel Kroupa, Carsten Weidner, Jan Pflamm-Altenburg, Ingo Thies, Jörg Dabringhausen, Michael Marks et al.
    Pages 115-242
  6. Fulvio Melia
    Pages 243-270
  7. R. Michael Rich
    Pages 271-346
  8. Eileen D. Friel
    Pages 347-391
  9. Ed Churchwell, Robert A. Benjamin
    Pages 447-497
  10. A. G. G. M. Tielens
    Pages 499-548
  11. John M. Dickey
    Pages 549-586
  12. Bart P. Wakker, Hugo van Woerden
    Pages 587-640
  13. Rainer Beck, Richard Wielebinski
    Pages 641-723
  14. Antonella Castellina, Fiorenza Donato
    Pages 725-788
  15. Michael W. Feast
    Pages 829-877
  16. Melvyn B. DaviesProf.
    Pages 879-922
  17. J. A. Sellwood
    Pages 923-983
  18. Virginia Trimble
    Pages 1091-1118
  19. Back Matter

About this book


This is volume 5 of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems, a six-volume compendium of modern astronomical research, covering subjects of key interest to the main fields of contemporary astronomy. This volume on “Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations”, edited by Gerard F. Gilmore, presents accessible review chapters on Stellar Populations, Chemical Abundances as Population Tracers, Metal-Poor Stars and the Chemical Enrichment of the Universe, The Stellar and Sub-Stellar Initial Mass Function of Simple and Composite Populations, The Galactic Nucleus, The Galactic Bulge, Open Clusters and Their Role in the Galaxy, Star Counts and the Nature of Galactic Thick Disk, The Infrared Galaxy, Interstellar PAHs and Dust, Galactic Neutral Hydrogen, High-Velocity Clouds, Magnetic Fields in Galaxies, Astrophysics of Galactic Charged Cosmic Rays, Gamma-Ray Emission of Supernova Remnants and the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays, Galactic Distance Scales, Globular Cluster Dynamical Evolution, Dynamics of Disks and Warps, Mass Distribution and Rotation Curve in the Galaxy, Dark Matter in the Galactic Dwarf Spheroidal Satellites, and History of Dark Matter in Galaxies.

All chapters of the handbook were written by practicing professionals. They include sufficient background material and references to the current literature to allow readers to learn enough about a specialty within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology to get started on their own practical research projects. In the spirit of the series Stars and Stellar Systems published by Chicago University Press in the 1960s and 1970s, each chapter of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems can stand on its own as a fundamental review of its respective sub-discipline, and each volume can be used as a textbook or recommended reference work for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Advanced students and professional astronomers in their roles as both lecturers and researchers will welcome Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems as a comprehensive and pedagogical reference work on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.


Astronomy reference work Chemical enrichment of the Universe Cosmic Rays Dark matter Galactic Bulge Galactic Nucleus Galactic structure reviewed Galaxy reviewed Interstellar matter Milky Way reviewed Organic matter in the ISM Stellar populations

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry D. Oswalt
    • 1
  • Gerard Gilmore
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics & Space SciencesFlorida Institute of Technology, University BoulevardMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Institute of AstronomyCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5611-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5612-0
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