Spiral structure in galaxies /

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Author / Creator:Seigar, Marc S., author.
Imprint:San Rafael [California] (40 Oak Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903, USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, [2017]
Bristol [England] (Temple Circus, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6HG, UK) : IOP Publishing, [2017]
Description:1 online resource (various pagings) : illustrations (some color).
Series:[IOP release 3]
IOP concise physics, 2053-2571
IOP (Series). Release 3.
IOP concise physics.
Subject:Spiral galaxies.
Galaxies -- Evolution.
Galactic dynamics.
Disks (Astrophysics)
SCIENCE / Astronomy.
Disks (Astrophysics)
Galactic dynamics.
Galaxies -- Evolution.
Spiral galaxies.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11319948
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Other authors / contributors:Morgan & Claypool Publishers, publisher.
Institute of Physics (Great Britain), publisher.
Notes:"Version: 20170601"--Title page verso.
"A Morgan & Claypool publication as part of IOP Concise Physics"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references.
Also available in print.
Marc Seigar is a Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He is also the current director of the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at UMD. Prior to his arrival at UMD, he worked as a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Project Scientist at the University of California, Irvine, and a Staff Astronomer at the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. Professor Seigar has published numerous papers and conference proceedings articles in the field of galaxy dynamics, spiral structure, and dark matter. He is the author of Dark Matter in the Universe, IOP Concise Physics, a Morgan & Claypool publication, 2015.
Title from PDF title page (viewed on July 25, 2017).
Summary:How does it happen that billions of stars can cooperate to produce the beautiful spirals that characterize so many galaxies, including ours? This book reviews the history behind the discovery of spiral galaxies and the problems faced when trying to explain the existence of spiral structure within them. In the book, subjects such as galaxy morphology and structure are addressed as well as several models for spiral structure. The evidence in favor or against these models is discussed. The book ends by discussing how spiral structure can be used as a proxy for other properties of spiral galaxies, such as their dark matter content and their central supermassive black hole masses, and why this is important.
Other form:Print version: 9781681746081
Standard no.:10.1088/978-1-6817-4609-8
Table of Contents:
  • 1. The discovery of spiral galaxies
  • 2. The classification of galaxies
  • 2.1. Elliptical galaxies
  • 2.2. Lenticular galaxies
  • 2.3. Spiral galaxies
  • 2.4. The de Vaucouleurs Classification scheme
  • 2.5. Spiral galaxy bulges
  • 2.6. Spiral galaxy disks
  • 2.7. Bars in spiral galaxies
  • 2.8. Star formation in bars
  • 2.9. Secular evolution
  • 2.10. Spiral structure and the interplay between structures in disk galaxies
  • 2.11. The rest of this book
  • 3. Density wave theories of spiral structure
  • 3.1. The winding problem
  • 3.2. Spiral density wave theory
  • 4. Other theories of spiral structure
  • 4.1. Manifold theory
  • 4.2. Magnetohydrodynamic theories
  • 4.3. Driving by bars and oval distortions
  • 5. Star formation in spiral galaxies
  • 5.1. The large-scale shock scenario
  • 5.2. Stochastic self-propagating star formation
  • 5.3. Summary
  • 6. Spiral structure and its connection with black holes and dark matter
  • 6.1. The connection with dark matter
  • 6.2. The connection with supermassive black holes
  • 7. Concluding remarks.