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, to modeling and numerical simulations, to instrumentation and data processing, the book provides an overview of what we currently understand and how the Sun can be a model for gaining further insight in stellar physics.
Providing both updates on recent developments in solar physics and applications to stellar physics, The Sun: A Guide to Stellar Physics strengthens the solar-stellar connection and provides a summary of what we know about the Sun for the stellar, space, and geophysics communities.
- 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 other related fields
- Uses characteristics of solar phenomena as a guide for understanding the physics of stars
1. Introduction: Discoveries in the 19th-20th centuries 2. The Atmosphere of the Sun and Stars 3. Internal structure and helioseismology 4. Spectro-polarimetry 5. Radiative Transfer 6. Magnetism 7. MHD 8. Cyclic variability 9. High-energy solar physics 10. "Space Weather" 11. Stellar connection: Manifestations of solar type variations in stars 12. Instrumentation (Space and Ground-based) 13. Data processing and simulations 14. Challenges and prospects for the future
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 70 articles and book chapters.
Andrew Skumanich is a Researcher for the High Altitude Observatory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. His research interests include the solar protosphere and chromosphere and the thermodynamic and magnetic nature of the regions. He has published over 90 articles and book chapters.
Jean-Claude Vial is a Researcher in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics 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.