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RR Lyrae Stars
by Horace A. Smith Andrew King Douglas Lin Stephen P. Maran Jim Pringle Martin Ward

RRP €32.85

RR Lyrae Stars
by Author Name Horace A. Smith, Andrew King, Douglas Lin, Stephen P. Maran, Jim Pringle, Martin Ward

Book details for title
List Price:32.85
Format: Paperback, 246 x 189 x 9mm, 168pp
Publication date: 16 Sep 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 9780521548175

Description

This is a comprehensive account of RR Lyrae stars, and traces the story from their initial discovery a century ago, through to their present status. This book reviews our current understanding of RR Lyrae stars. It is a unique explanation of the multiple applications of these variable stars for a range of astrophysical problems. Horace A. Smith describes the use of RR Lyrae stars as probes of old stellar populations, both in the Milky Way and other galaxies, and as an outstanding testing ground for stellar evolution and pulsation theories. He stresses the significance of variable stars for our ultimate understanding of the history and scale of the Milky Way and nearer extragalactic systems. For advanced students and researchers of astronomy, this is a definitive account of the modern theories surrounding RR Lyrae stars.

Reviews

'...a unique explanation of the multiple applications of these variable starts for a range of astrophysical problems. ...For advanced students and researchers of astronomy, this is a definitive account of the modern theories surrounding RR Lyrae stars.' American Association of Variable Star Observers Bookstore

Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The absolute magnitude of the RR Lyrae stars; 3. RR Lyrae stars in globular clusters; 4. RR Lyrae stars of the galactic field; 5. Period changes, the Blanzhko effect, and the double mode pulsation; 6. RR Lyrae stars beyond the Milky Way; Glossary of symbols; Short list of journal abbreviations; References; Index.

Additional Information

  • Illustrations: 70 b/w illus. 14 tables