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Clusters of Galaxies: Beyond the Thermal View

Edited By: Jelle Kaastra

436 pages, 162 illus


Hardback | May 2008 | #175178 | ISBN-13: 9780387788746
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Clusters of galaxies are the largest structures in the Universe. Most of the visible matter is in the form of hot gas permeating the volume of the cluster. The bulk of this gas is in thermal equilibrium in the dark matter-dominated potential. This book discusses all aspects of cluster physics beyond this thermal view. It covers topics such as the warm-hot intergalactic medium outside the clusters, non-thermal radiation components, shocks, equilibration processes and the chemical evolution of these structures. The topics are covered from an observational, theoretical and numerical point of view.

This volume provides a useful reference for astronomers and graduate students, in particular for those who are working in high-energy astrophysics and extra-galactic astronomy.


Clusters of Galaxies: Beyond the Thermal View.- Clusters of Galaxies: Setting the Stage.- FUV and X-Ray Absorption in the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium.- Soft X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Excess Emission from Clusters of Galaxies.- Nonthermal Phenomena in Clusters of Galaxies.- Observations of Extended Radio Emission in Clusters.- Cosmological Shock Waves.- Equilibration Processes in the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium.- Thermal Radiation Processes.- Nonthermal Radiation Mechanisms.

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Biography Jelle Kaastra studied astrophysics at Utrecht University. He obtained his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1985 with a thesis on Solar flares. After that he joined the Netherlands Institute for Space Research SRON, first in Leiden, and from 1994 in Utrecht, where he currently is employed as a senior scientist. He is an expert on high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy and currently works on a variety of topics in this field, including clusters of galaxies.

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