Volume 17 continues the Reviews of Modern Astronomy with fourteen invited reviews and Highlight Contributions which were presented during the International Scientific Conference of the Society on "The Sun and Planetary Systems", held at Freiburg, Germany, September 15 to 20, 2003.
The Karl Schwarzschild medal 2003 was awarded to Professor Erika Boehm-Vitense, Seattle, USA. Her lecture with the title "What Hyades F Stars tell us about Heating Mechanisms in Stellar Transition Layers and Coronae" opened the meeting.
The talk presented by the Ludwig Biermann-Prize winner 2003, Dr Luis R. Bellot Rubio, Freiburg i. Br., Germany, dealt with the topic "The Structure of Sunspots as Inferred from Spectropolarimetric Measurements".
Other contributions to the meeting published in this volume discuss, among other subjects, solar physics, formation of planets and interferometric imaging in astronomy.
Karl Schwarzschild Lecture: What Hyades F Stars tell us about Heating Mechanisms in Stellar Transition Layers and Coronae By Erika Boehm-Vitense Ludwig Biermann Award Lecture: The Structure of Sunspots as Inferred from Spectropolarimetric Measurements By Luis R. Bellot Rubio Helioseismology By Michael Stix Simulations of Solar Magneto-Convection By Alexander Vogler Structure and Dynamics of the Lower Corona of the Sun By Hardi Peter Jupiter's Dust Disk: An Astrophysical Laboratory By Harald Kruger Planet Formation - Is the Solar System misleading? By Gunther Wuchterl Experimental studies on the dusty history of the solar system By Torsten Poppe High-resolution X-ray Plasma Diagnostics of Stellar Coronae By Jan-Uwe Ness Omega Centauri - an Ultra Compact Dwarf Galaxy? By Mike Fellhauer Distant Supernovae and Cosmology By Bruno Leibundgut Interferometric Imaging in Astronomy: A Personal Retrospective By Jacques M. Beckers The New World of Scattering Physics Seen by High-precision Imaging Polarimetry By Jan O. Stenflo
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Reinhard E. Schielicke, Ph.D. Universitats--Sternwarte Jena, University of Jena, Germany in association with The Astronomical Society of Germany
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