This book covers many aspects of stellar environments, both observational and theoretical, and offers a broad overview of the field. Coverage includes solar wind, tides in planetary systems, and the very close environments of young stars.
Based on lectures given at a CNRS summer school in France, this book covers many aspects of stellar environments (both observational and theoretical) and offers a broad overview of the field. More specifically, Part I of the book focuses on the Sun, the properties of the ejected plasma, of the solar wind and on space weather. The second part deals with tides in planetary systems and in binary stellar systems, as well as with interactions in massive binary stars as seen by interferometry. Finally the chapters of Part III discuss the environments of young or evolved stars, stellar winds, agnetic fields and disks. With its broad approach the book will provide advanced students as well as researchers with a good overview of the environments of the Sun and the stars.
Covers a wide range of aspects of stellar environments
Includes the timely topic of space weather
Based on course-tested lectures
Part I: Rezeau: Discontinuities and turbulence in the solar wind.- Vial: Nature and variability of plasmas ejected by the Sun.- Georgieva: Space weather and space climate.- Part II: Mathis: Tides in planetary systems: a physical picture.- Millour: Interactions in massive binary stars as seen by interferometry.- Part III: Malbet: Very close environments of young stars.- Alecian: An Introduction to Accretion Disks.- ud-Doula: Stellar Winds, Magnetic Fields and Disks.- Petit: Magnetic field and convection in the cool supergiant Betelgeuse.- Chesneau: The formation of circumstellar disks around evolved stars.