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Nuclear Physics of Stars

Christian Iliadis

ISBN: 978-3-527-61876-7 July 2008 680 Pages


Thermonuclear reactions in stars is a major topic in the field of nuclear astrophysics, and deals with the topics of how precisely stars generate their energy through nuclear reactions, and how these nuclear reactions create the elements the stars, planets and - ultimately - we humans consist of. The present book treats these topics in detail. It also presents the nuclear reaction and structure theory, thermonuclear reaction rate formalism and stellar nucleosynthesis. The topics are discussed in a coherent way, enabling the reader to grasp their interconnections intuitively. The book serves both as a textbook, with many examples and end-of-chapter exercises, but also as a reference book for use by researchers working in the field of nuclear astrophysics.

1 Aspects of Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics
1.1 History
1.2 Nomenclature
1.3 Solar System Abundances
1.4 Astrophysical Aspects
1.5 Masses, Binding Energies, Nuclear Reactions and Related Topics
1.6 Nuclear Shell Model
1.8 Weak Interaction

2 Nuclear Reactions
2.1 Cross Sections
2.2 Reciprocity Theorem
2.3 Elastic Scattering and Method of Partial Waves
2.4 Scattering by Simple Potentials
2.5 Theory of Resonances
2.6 Continuum Theory

3 Thermonuclear Reactions
3.2 Non resonant and Resonant Thermonuclear Reaction Rates

4 Nuclear Physics Experiments
4.1 General Aspects
4.4 Radiation Detectors
4.6 Miscellaneous Experimental Techniques
4.8 Yields and Cross Sections for Charged-Particle-Induced
4.9 Transmissions, Yields and Cross Sections for Neutron-Induced

5 Nuclear Burning Stages and Processes
5.1 Hydrostatic Hydrogen Burning
5.2 Explosive Hydrogen Burning
5.3 Hydrostatic Helium Burning
5.4 Explosive Hydrogen-Helium Burning
5.5 Advanced Burning Stages
5.6 Nucleosynthesis beyond the Iron Peak
"This well-priced book's ability to both spark and feed readers' interest in astrophysics makes it an effective teaching resource and a valuable addition…" (CHOICE, December 2007)