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.
- 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
2. Stellar & Solar Chromospheres and Attendant Phenomena
3. The Sun's Atmosphere
4. Helioseismic inferences on the internal structure and dynamics of the Sun
5. Atmospheric structure, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Magnetism
6. Coronal Magnetism as a Universal Phenomenon
7. MHD and Solar Dynamo Action
8. Solar variability
9. High-energy solar physics
10. "Space Weather"
11. Solar-Stellar connection
13. Solar 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 115 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
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 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.