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A Panchromatic View of Galaxies

ISBN: 978-3-527-64026-3
300 pages
January 2012
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Describing how to investigate all kinds of galaxies through a multifrequency analysis, this text is divided into three different sections. The first describes the data currently available at different frequencies, from X-rays to UV, optical, infrared and radio millimetric and centimetric, while explaining their physical meaning. In the second section, the author explains how these data can be used to determine physical parameters and quantities, such as mass and temperature. The final section is devoted to describing how the derived quantities can be used in a multifrequency analysis to study such physical processes as the star formation cycle and constrain models of galaxy evolution.
As a result, observers will be able to interpret galaxies and their structure.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Emitting Sources and Radiative Processes in Galaxies
2. X-ray
3. UV-Optical-NIR
4. The Infrared
5. Radio Millimetric and Centrimetric
Part II: Derived Quantities
6. Properties of the hot X-ray Emitting Gas
7. Dust Properties
8. Radio Properties
9. The Spectral Energy Distribution
10. Spectral Features
11. Gas Properties
12. Dust Extinction
13. Star Formation Tracers
14. Light Profiles and Structural Parameters
15. Stellar and Dynamical Masses
Part III: Constraining Galaxy Evolution
16. Statistical Tools
17. Scaling Relations
18. The Role of the Environment on Galaxy Evolution
A. Photometric Redshifts and K-corrections
B. Broad Band Photometry
C. Physical and Astronomical Constants and Units Conversions
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Author Information

Alessandro Boselli is Head of the group Physics of Galaxies at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France. He got his academic degree in physics at the Universita di Milano (Italy) and his PhD in astrophysics at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France) under the supervision of J. Lequeux. He then worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg (Germany). His research activity is focused on the study of the formation and evolution of galaxies.
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“This book is well-sourced and draws widely on the literature, giving access to a wide range of examples of use of the methods the author advocates – and making the book an especially useful resource for those starting in the field.”  (Astronomy & Geophysics, 1 August 2012)


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