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The Behavior of Chemical Elements in Stars

By: Carlos Jaschek and Mercedes Jaschek

340 pages, 118 line figures

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2009 | #179856 | ISBN-13: 9780521102407
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About this book

Despite more than one century of observational stellar spectroscopy, the resulting data is not available in an easily accessible format. The necessity of such basic information is greater than ever, because new wavelength regions (ultraviolet, infrared) are now accessible and modern receivers can only analyse short stretches of spectra, so that a careful pre-selection of strategic elements is mandatory.

This book presents a summary of our knowledge of the behaviour of all chemical elements identified in stars, based on observations rather than on their interpretations. Whenever possible the behaviour is described quantitatively, with the help of equivalent widths in different types of stars, or different ionisation stages, for both absorption and emission features. It will provide an authoritative reference book for the astrophysical community.

Review of the hardback: '... ought to be in every library of astronomical institutes.' Reviews of Astronomical Tools


Part I. Quantitative Description of Each of 80 Chemical Elements: Part II:
1. Behaviour of molecules in stars;
2. Groups of elements;
3. Chromospheres and coronas;
Part III:
1. Terminology of spectral lines;
2. Selection of stars;
3. Line identification;
4. Equivalent widths;
5. Abundances;
6. Afterthoughts;
Part IV:
1. Periodic Table;
2. Elements in alphabetical order of names;
3. Elements in alphabetical order of formula;
4. Elements ordered by atomic number;
5. Abundances of chemical elements;
6. Spectral type and surface gravity as a function of luminosity class.
7. Effective temperature;

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