The Sun as a Guide to Stellar Physics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128143346

The Sun as a Guide to Stellar Physics

1st Edition

Editors: Oddbjørn Engvold Jean-Claude Vial Andrew Skumanich
Paperback ISBN: 9780128143346
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 400
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The Sun: A Guide to Stellar Physics illustrates the significance of the sun in understanding stars through an examination of the discoveries and insights gained from solar physics research. Ranging from theories, modeling and numerical simulations, to instrumentation and data processing, the book provides an overview of our current understanding and how the sun can be a model for gaining further insights. Providing both updates on recent developments in solar physics and applications to stellar physics, the book strengthens the solar-stellar connection and provides a summary of what we know that is ideal for the stellar, space and geophysics communities.

Key Features

  • Applies observations, theoretical understanding, modeling capabilities and physical processes first revealed by the sun to the study of stellar physics
  • Illustrates how studies of Proxima Solaris have led to progress in space science, stellar physics and related fields
  • Uses characteristics of solar phenomena as a guide for understanding the physics of stars


Stellar physicists, astrophysicists, space scientists, geophysicists, and solar physicists

Table of Contents

  1. A) Discoveries and Concepts: The Sun's Role in Astrophysics
      Jack B. Zirker and Oddbjørn Engvold
    2. B) Stellar & Solar Chromospheres and Attendant Phenomena
      Thomas Russell Ayres
    3. C) The Sun's Atmosphere
      Alexander I. Shapiro, Hardi Peter, and Sami K. Solanki
    4. D) Helioseismic Inferences on the Internal  Structure and Dynamics of the Sun 
      Sarbani Basu and William J. Chaplin
    5. E) Atmospheric Structure, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Magnetism 
    5.1 Spectroscopy and Atomic Physics
      Philip Judge
    5.2 Multi-Level Atoms & Radiative Transfer
      Petr Heinzel
    5.3 Spectropolarimetry, Magnetic Structures & Their Evolution
      Kiyoshi Ichimoto
    6. F) Coronal Magnetism as a Universal Phenomenon
      BC Low
    7. G) MHD and Solar Dynamo Action
      Eric Priest
    8. H) Solar and Stellar Variability
      Marianne Faurobert
    9. I) High-Energy Solar Physics
      Hugh Hudson and Alexander MacKinnon
    10. J) Space Weather at Earth and in Our Solar System
      Noé Lugaz
    11. K) The Solar-Stellar Connection
      Gibor Basri
    12. L) Instrumentation
    12.1 Observations of the Sun from Space
      Alan Title
    12.2 High-Resolution Ground-Based Observations of the Sun
      Oddbjørn Engvold and Jack Zirker
    13. M) Solar Data and Simulations
      Neal Hurlburt
    14. N) Challenges and Prospects for the Future
      Jean-Claude Jacques Vial and Andrew Skumanich


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About the Editor

Oddbjørn Engvold

Oddbjørn Engvold is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Oslo. He specializes in solar physics, and was Secretary General of the International Astronomical Union from 2003 to 2006, of which he is still an active member. He has authored and edited four books on solar physics and astronomy and has published more than 115 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics and Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, University of Oslo, Norway

Jean-Claude Vial

Jean-Claude Vial is a Researcher in the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale at the University of Paris-Sud. He is an active member of the International Astronomical Union and is Directeur de Recherche for CNRS. His research interests include solar prominences, the chromosphere, and the solar corona. He has published nearly 300 articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist Emeritus, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, France

Andrew Skumanich

Andrew Skumanich is a Researcher for the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research interests include the solar photosphere and chromosphere and the thermodynamic and magnetic nature of the regions. He has published over 90 articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist Emeritus, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA

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