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By Arnab Rai Choudhuri

Designed for instructing astrophysics to physics scholars at complicated undergraduate or starting graduate point, this textbook additionally offers an outline of astrophysics for astrophysics graduate scholars, prior to they delve into extra really good volumes. Assuming history wisdom on the point of a physics significant, the textbook develops astrophysics from the fundamentals with no requiring any prior examine in astronomy or astrophysics. actual recommendations, mathematical derivations and observational info are mixed in a balanced approach to offer a unified remedy. subject matters resembling basic relativity and plasma physics, which aren't often coated in physics classes yet used generally in astrophysics, are constructed from first rules. whereas the emphasis is on constructing the basics completely, fresh very important discoveries are highlighted at each level.

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For stars which do not have names and for all other astronomical objects, astronomers had to invent schemes by which an astronomical object can be identified unambiguously. There are several famous catalogues of astronomical objects. Very often an astronomical object is identified by the entry number in a well-known catalogue. Stars down to about ninth magnitude were listed in the famous Henry Draper Catalogue, published during 1918–1924. 1) of about 225,000 stars. A star listed in this catalogue is indicated by ‘HD’ followed by its listing number.

The nature of radiation from an astrophysical source crucially depends on whether the source is optically thin or optically thick. Emission from a tenuous nebula is usually in spectral lines. On the other hand, a star emits very much like a blackbody. Why is the radiation from a star not exactly blackbody radiation? Why do we see absorption lines? 23) by assuming the source to have constant properties. This is certainly not true for a star. As we go down from the star’s surface, temperature keeps increasing.

4. If dz is the change in z corresponding to ds, then we have 35 36 Interaction of radiation with matter Fig. 4 A ray path through a plane parallel atmosphere. 30) where θ = cos−1 μ is the angle subtended by the ray path with the vertical direction. 1 that the specific intensity Iν (r, t, n) be a function of position, time and direction. We are considering a static situation. In the plane parallel stellar atmosphere, nothing varies in the horizontal directions and all direction vectors lying on a cone around the vertical axis are symmetrical.

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