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Asked 2nd Apr, 2021

Can anyone suggest a good theoretical paper that explains how the statistical mechanics and astrophysics are related?

This is to understand how the concepts of statistical mechanics is applied in astrophysics.

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19th Apr, 2021
José Manuel Ramírez
Yachay Tech
Hi,
I learned a lot of that relationship in:
there are several chapters where the it is clean and well explained.. so enjoy,
regards,
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2nd Apr, 2021
Pedro L. Contreras E.
University of the Andes (Venezuela)
It depends on which subject of Astrophysics.
Let's say for neutrons starts you can follow on the chapter entitled "properties of matter at very high-density" chap XI. in the book:
Landau, L. D., & Lifshitz, E. M. 1980, Statistical Physics (Elsevier Ltd.)
For gas dynamics and fluctuations in interstellar media you can follow some classics:
1. Spitzer, L. 1962, Physics of Fully Ionized Gases (New York: Wiley)
2. Braginskii, S. I. 1965, RvPP, 1, 205
3. Parker, E. N. 1953, ApJ, 117, 431
Best Regards.
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2nd Apr, 2021
Pedro L. Contreras E.
University of the Andes (Venezuela)
It depends on which subject of Astrophysics.
Let's say for neutrons starts you can follow on the chapter entitled "properties of matter at very high-density" chap XI. in the book:
Landau, L. D., & Lifshitz, E. M. 1980, Statistical Physics (Elsevier Ltd.)
For gas dynamics and fluctuations in interstellar media you can follow some classics:
1. Spitzer, L. 1962, Physics of Fully Ionized Gases (New York: Wiley)
2. Braginskii, S. I. 1965, RvPP, 1, 205
3. Parker, E. N. 1953, ApJ, 117, 431
Best Regards.
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17th Apr, 2021
P.K. Karmakar
Tezpur University
A few very useful references for better promoting your understanding development clearly are given below:
(1). Plasma Astrophysics: Kinetic Processes in Solar and Stellar Coronae (by Benz A. O.)
(2). Self-organized criticality in astrophysics (by Markus Aschwandan)
(3). Relativistic Kinetic Theory: With Applications in Astrophysics and Cosmology (by Gregory V. Vereshchagin, Alexey G. Aksenov); and so forth
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17th Apr, 2021
P.K. Karmakar
Tezpur University
A detailed list of classics in this specific direction may be provided later if needed
19th Apr, 2021
José Manuel Ramírez
Yachay Tech
Hi,
I learned a lot of that relationship in:
there are several chapters where the it is clean and well explained.. so enjoy,
regards,
1 Recommendation

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