Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics


  • V. L. Ginzburg, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow
  • D. ter Haar, Oxford University, UK

The aim of this book is to present, on the one hand various topics in theoretical physics in depth - especially topics related to electrodynamics - and on the other hand to show how these topics find applications in various aspects of astrophysics. The first text on theoretical physics and astrophysical applications, it covers many recent advances including those in X-ray, &ggr;-ray and radio-astronomy, with comprehensive coverage of the literature
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Book information

  • Published: February 1979
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-023066-5


...most of the subjects selected are ones in which Professor Ginzburg has himself made substantial contributions, and the treatment is consequently authoritative. Those wanting to go beyond the standard texts on these subjects will find useful material here...

New Scientist

Table of Contents

(partial) Preface to the English edition

Preface to the Russian edition

The Hamiltonian approach to electrodynamics

Radiation reaction

Uniformly accelerated charge

Radiation of a moving particle

Synchrotron radiation

Electrodynamics of a continuous medium

Cherenkov effect, Doppler effect, transition radiation

Superluminal radiation sources

Reabsorption and radiative transfer

Electrodynamics of media with spatial dispersion

Dielectric permittivity and wave propagation in a plasma

The energy-momentum tensor in macroscopic electrodynamics

Fluctuations and van der Waals forces

Scattering of waves in a medium

Cosmic ray astrophysics

X-ray astronomy

Gamma astronomy