An Introduction to Radiative Transfer: Methods and Applications in Astrophysics

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Astrophysicists have developed several very different methodologies for solving the radiative transfer equation. An Introduction to Radiative Transfer applies these techniques to stellar atmospheres, planetary nebulae, supernovae, and other objects with similar geometrical and physical conditions. Accurate methods, fast methods, probabilistic methods and approximate methods are all explained, including the latest and most advanced techniques. The book includes the different techniques used for computing line profiles, polarization due to resonance line scattering, polarization in magnetic media and similar phenomena.

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Astrophysicists have developed several very different methodologies for solving the radiative transfer equation. This book presents these techniques as applied to stellar atmospheres, planetary nebulae, and other objects with similar geometrical and physical conditions. Exercises at the end of each chapter enhance understanding of the subject. This textbook will be valuable to graduates, postgraduates and researchers in astrophysics.

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Annamaneni Peraiah obtained his doctorate in radiative transfer from Oxford University. He was formerly a Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, India. He has held positions in India, Canada, Germany and The Netherlands. His research interests include developing solutions to the radiative transfer equation in stellar atmospheres, and line formation in expanding atmospheres with different physical and geometrical conditions.

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