Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts

Alain Mazure and Stephane Basa

EXPLODING SUPERSTARS Supernova and gamma-ray bursts allow us to study the cosmos, acting like beacons in our search for knowledge about the very beginnings of life. By studying the collapse and death of these massive stars, we can look back through cosmic time and begin to understand more about our origins and that of our universe.

Exploding Superstars

Table of Contents

1. Appetiser
Super novae!
From Earth - or from space?
Enigmas to solve, tools to wield

2. Expanding universe
A very hot universe Dark universe

3. From the universe to the stars
From quantum clumps to the first light
The weight of the stars

4. Supernova
The explosion of (too) massive stars
Small star wars
Family matters

5. Supreme stars: gamma-ray bursters
An amazing menagerie
A sad fate
A beneficial pairing
A star too big: long bursts
At the gates of Hell

6. Markers for cosmic surveys
From the dreams of Hubble and Sandage, to dark energy
A story of standards
‘Accurate cosmology’
From supernovae to gamma-ray bursters

7. Beacons in the cosmos
Prestigious precursors Gamma-ray bursts to the rescue

8. A bright, dark future
A bright future for observers A dark future for theorists
Black is black
From false to true ...

1. Hydrostatic equilibrium
2. Matter in all its states
3. Star profile
4. The tunnel effect
5. Fusion, fission and stellar lifetimes
6. Gifts from the stars
7. The Roche lobe
8. A revealing radiation
9. Waves and shocks
10. Measurements and distances
11. The Hubble Diagram

Table of constants
Physical constants (MKSA)
Units in particle physics and nuclear physics
Quantities in astronomy


Extent: 168 pages, 16-page colour section
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-387-09547-9

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