By Arnab Rai Choudhuri
Designed for educating astrophysics to physics scholars at complicated undergraduate or starting graduate point, this textbook additionally offers an outline of astrophysics for astrophysics graduate scholars, earlier than they delve into extra really expert volumes. Assuming historical past wisdom on the point of a physics significant, the textbook develops astrophysics from the fundamentals with no requiring any earlier research in astronomy or astrophysics. actual innovations, mathematical derivations and observational facts are mixed in a balanced option to supply a unified remedy. subject matters equivalent to common relativity and plasma physics, which aren't frequently lined in physics classes yet used broadly in astrophysics, are built from first ideas. whereas the emphasis is on constructing the basics completely, contemporary vital discoveries are highlighted at each degree.
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It is also possible to break the hydrogen atom into a proton and an electron. This process of removing an electron from the atom is called ionization. If a gas of hydrogen atoms is kept in thermodynamic equilibrium, then we shall find that a certain fraction of the atoms will occupy a particular energy state and also a certain fraction will be ionized. The same considerations hold for other gases besides hydrogen. If n 0 is the number density of atoms in the ground state, then the number density n e of atoms in an excited state with energy E above the ground state is given by ne E = exp − n0 κB T .