The Sun as 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 from 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 knowledge about stellar physics.
Providing both updates on recent developments in solar physics and applications to stellar physics, this book
strengthens the solar-stellar connection and summarizes what we know about the Sun for the stellar, space, and
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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 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 Models of Solar and Stellar Atmospheres 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) 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 Vial and Andrew Skumanich
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.
Jean-Claude Vial Senior Scientist Emeritus, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, France.
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.
Andrew Skumanich Senior Scientist Emeritus, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA.
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.