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Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium
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This concise textbook, the first volume in the Ohio State Astrophysics Series, covers all aspects of the interstellar and intergalactic medium for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. This series aims to impart the essential knowledge on a topic that every astrophysics graduate student should know, without going into encyclopedic depth. This text includes a full discussion of the circumgalactic medium, which bridges the space between the interstellar and intergalactic gas, and the hot intracluster gas that fills clusters of galaxies. Its breadth of coverage is innovative, as most current textbooks treat the interstellar medium in isolation. The authors emphasise an order-of-magnitude understanding of the physical processes that heat and cool the low-density gas in the universe, as well as the processes of ionization, recombination, and molecule formation. Problems at the end of each chapter are supplemented by online projects, data sets and other resources.


'Ryden and Pogge have written a text with the goal of covering what every professional astronomer should know about the interstellar and intergalactic medium. They have succeeded brilliantly. This text provides comprehensive coverage of the topics without diving too far into specialist details. The authors’ gift for clear writing, combined with a degree of humor and entertainment, result in an eminently readable textbook.'

Evan Skillman - University of Minnesota

'Ryden and Pogge have done a remarkable job of covering the esoteric field of diffuse matter between stars and between galaxies in an encompassing and authoritative way, while maintaining an easy and approachable style. I enthusiastically recommend this worthwhile book for teachers and students of the ISM/IGM.'

Karen Kwitter - Williams College, Massachusetts


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