Old Stellar Populations: How to Study the Fossil Record of Galaxy Formation

Old Stellar Populations: How to Study the Fossil Record of Galaxy Formation

Author(s): Prof. Santi Cassisi, Prof. Maurizio Salaris

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013 03:51AM EST

Print ISBN: 9783527410767

Online ISBN: 9783527665518

DOI: 10.1002/9783527665518

About this Book

The book discusses the theoretical path to decoding the information gathered from observations of old stellar systems. It focuses on old stellar systems because these are the fossil record of galaxy formation and provide invaluable information ont he evolution of cosmic structures and the universe as a whole. The aim is to present results obtained in the past few years for theoretical developments in low mass star research and in advances in our knowledge of the evolution of old stellar systems. A particularly representative case is the recent discovery of multiple stellar populations in galactic globular clusters that represents one of the hottest topics in stellar and galactic astrophysics and is discussed in detail.

Santi Cassisi has authored about 270 scientific papers, 150 of them in peer-reviewed journals, and the title Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations.

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