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Accretion Power in Astrophysics 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521629578
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'... an excellent introduction to accretion discs ... Highly recommended.' Paul O'Brien, The Observatory

'Quite simply, it is required reading for students and researchers alike.' Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

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Accretion Power in Astrophysics examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. The third edition is greatly expanded and thoroughly updated. New material includes a detailed treatment of disc instabilities, irradiated discs, disc warping, and general accretion flows. The treatment is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (February 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521629578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521629577
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great text on accretion and related topics for advanced graduate students and researchers in the field. This covers almost all relevant topics with extreme details. The level is somewhere between a review article and advanced textbooks. This should definitely be present in the shelf of anyone working in the physics of X-ray binaries, AGN, and any other field where accretion on to compact objects is important.

Due to the presence of advanced level technical details, it may not be a perfect "first reading" for senior undergraduate students or even first year graduate students. It is still a good book for them, but starting with something a little more introductory may be useful. For example, this book often describes how the details of the standard models/pictures do not actually match the most recent observations. If one does not know those standard models/pictures by heart, it is a little hard to appreciate the critique of the said models.

It has problems on each chapter and a large bibliography at the end of the book. This is the third edition.
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