This text covers the fundamental physics and chemistry required to understand the interstellar medium. Radiation mechanisms are presented, and examples drawn from observations in the X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, mm/sub mm, and radio wavebands. It gives a detailed quantitative treatment of the radiative and dynamical interactions between stars and the interstellar medium.
Who is it for? Anyone with an undergraduate degree in physics.
Would you recommend it? It offers a step-by-step insight into the spectral analysis that has revealed the physical and chemical states of the material between the stars.
David W. Hughes is professor of astronomy at Sheffield University.
Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium. First Edition
Author - Sun Kwok
Publisher - University Science Books
Pages - 600
Price - £45.99
ISBN - 9781891389467