Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy

Atomic Astrophysics and Spectroscopy

By: Sultana N. Nahar (author), Anil K. Pradhan (author)Paperback

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Spectroscopy enables the precise study of astronomical objects and phenomena. Bridging the gap between physics and astronomy, this is the first integrated graduate-level textbook on atomic astrophysics. It covers the basics of atomic physics and astrophysics, including state-of-the-art research applications, methods and tools. The content is evenly balanced between the physical foundations of spectroscopy and their applications to astronomical objects and cosmology. An undergraduate knowledge of physics is assumed, and relevant basic material is summarized at the beginning of each chapter. The material is completely self-contained and features sufficient background information for self-study. Advanced users will find it handy for spectroscopic studies. A website hosted by the authors contains updates, corrections, exercises and solutions, as well as news items from physics and astronomy related to spectroscopy. A link to this can be found at

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Anil Pradhan is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy, the Chemical Physics Program, and the Biophysics Graduate Program at the Ohio State University, where he has taught a course on astrophysical spectroscopy for the past twenty years. Sultana Nahar is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Astronomy at the Ohio State University. She has an extensive background in atomic physics and astrophysics and is one of the foremost researchers on atomic processes.


1. Introduction; 2. Atomic structure; 3. Atomic processes; 4. Radiative transitions; 5. Electron-ion collisions; 6. Photoionization; 7. Electron-ion recombination; 8. Multi-wavelength emission lines; 9. Absorption lines and radiative transfer; 10. Stellar properties and spectra; 11. Stellar opacity and radiative forces; 12. Gaseous nebulae and HII regions; 13. Active galactic nuclei and quasars; 14. Cosmology; Appendices; References; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781107483583
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9781107483583
  • weight: 670
  • ISBN10: 1107483581

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