Selected Papers, Volume 2
Radiative Transfer and Negative Ion of Hydrogen
622 pages

© 1989
This is the second of six volumes collecting significant papers of the distinguished astrophysicist and Nobel laureate S. Chandrasekhar. His work is notable for its breadth as well as for its brilliance; his practice has been to change his focus from time to time to pursue new areas of research. The result has been a prolific career full of discoveries and insights, some of which are only now being fully appreciated.
Chandrasekhar has selected papers that trace the development of his ideas and that present aspects of his work not fully covered in the books he has periodically published to summarize his research in each area.
Volume 2 covers primarily the period 194050 and includes papers on the theory of radiative transfer and on the physics and astrophysics of the negative ion of hydrogen. Of particular note are Chandrasekhar's Gibbs Lecture to the American Mathematical Society in 1946 and his "Personal Account" presented at a conference at Erevan in the U.S.S.R. in 1981. A foreword by T. W. Mullikin, a distinguished scholar in the area of radiative transfer, and an author's note provide a historical context for the papers.
Chandrasekhar has selected papers that trace the development of his ideas and that present aspects of his work not fully covered in the books he has periodically published to summarize his research in each area.
Volume 2 covers primarily the period 194050 and includes papers on the theory of radiative transfer and on the physics and astrophysics of the negative ion of hydrogen. Of particular note are Chandrasekhar's Gibbs Lecture to the American Mathematical Society in 1946 and his "Personal Account" presented at a conference at Erevan in the U.S.S.R. in 1981. A foreword by T. W. Mullikin, a distinguished scholar in the area of radiative transfer, and an author's note provide a historical context for the papers.
Contents
Foreword by T. W. Mullikin
Author's Note
Part One  Radiative Transfer
1. The Method of Discrete Ordinates
1. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, II
The Astrophysical Journal 100, no. 1 (1944): 7686
2. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, V
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 1 (1945): 95107
3. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, VII
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 3 (1945): 32847
4. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, VIII
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 3 (1945): 34855
5. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XII
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 2 (1946): 191202
6. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXI
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 2 (1947): 152216
2. Radiative Transfer Allowing for Polarization of Scattering Light
7. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, X
The Astrophysical Journal 103, no. 3 (1946): 35170
8. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XI
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 1 (1946): 11032
9. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XIII
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 1 (1947): 15163
10. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XV
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 3 (1947): 42434
11. The Illumination and Polarization of the Sunlit Sky on Rayleigh Scattering. With Donna D. Elbert
Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 44, pt. 6 (1954): 64354
3. Principles of Invariance: The H and the X and YFunctions
12. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XIV
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 1 (1947): 164203
13. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XVII
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 3 (1947): 44160
14. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XX
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 2 (1947): 14551
15. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXII
The Astrophysical Journal 107, no. (1948): 4872
16. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXII
(concluded)
The Astrophysical Journal 107, no. 2 (1948): 188215
17. The Angular Distribution of the Radiation at the Interface of Two Adjoining Media
Canadian Journal of Physics 29 (1951): 1420
18. On the Diffuse Reflection of a Pencil of Radiation by a PlaneParallel Atmosphere
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 44, no. 9 (1958): 93340
19. Diffuse Reflection by a SemiInfinite Atmosphere. With H. G. Horak
The Astrophysical Journal 134, no. 1 (1961): 4556
4. Miscellaneous Problems
20. The Formation of Absorption Lines in a Moving Atmosphere
Reviews of Modern Physics 17, nos. 23 (1945): 13856
21. The Radiative Equilibrium of an Expanding Planetary Nebula.
I. Radiation Pressure in Lyman
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. 3 (1945): 40228
22. The Softening of Radiation by Multiple Compton Scattering
Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, 192 (1948): 50818
23. A New Type of BoundaryValue Problem in Hyperbolic Equations
Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 42, pt. 3 (1946): 25060
5. Review Articles
24. The Transfer of Radiation in Stellar Atmospheres
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 53, no. 7 (1947): 641711
25. Radiative Transfer: A Personal Account
Part Two  Investigation on the Negative Ion of Hydrogen and of TwoElectron Atoms
26. Some Remarks on the Negative Hydrogen Ions and Its Absorption Coefficient
The Astrophysical Journal 100, no. 2 (1944): 17680
27. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. (1945): 22331
28. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, II
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. 3 (1945): 395401
29. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, III. With Frances Herman Breen
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 3 (1946): 43045
30. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, IV
The Astrophysical Journal 128, no. 1 (1958): 11423
31. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, V. With Donna D. Elbert
The Astrophysical Journal 128, no. 3 (1958): 63335
32. The Continuous Spectrum of the Sun and the Stars. With Guido Münch
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 3 (1946): 44657
33. The Story of Two Atoms
The Scientific Monthly 64, no. 4 (1947): 31321
34. Shift of the 1 S State of Helium, With Donna Elbert and G. Herzberg
The Physical Review 91, no. 5 (1953): 117273
35. Energies of the Ground States of He, Li+, and O6+, With G. Herzberg
The Physical Review 98, no. 4 (1955): 105054
Author's Note
Part One  Radiative Transfer
1. The Method of Discrete Ordinates
1. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, II
The Astrophysical Journal 100, no. 1 (1944): 7686
2. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, V
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 1 (1945): 95107
3. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, VII
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 3 (1945): 32847
4. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, VIII
The Astrophysical Journal 101, no. 3 (1945): 34855
5. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XII
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 2 (1946): 191202
6. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXI
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 2 (1947): 152216
2. Radiative Transfer Allowing for Polarization of Scattering Light
7. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, X
The Astrophysical Journal 103, no. 3 (1946): 35170
8. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XI
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 1 (1946): 11032
9. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XIII
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 1 (1947): 15163
10. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XV
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 3 (1947): 42434
11. The Illumination and Polarization of the Sunlit Sky on Rayleigh Scattering. With Donna D. Elbert
Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 44, pt. 6 (1954): 64354
3. Principles of Invariance: The H and the X and YFunctions
12. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XIV
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 1 (1947): 164203
13. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XVII
The Astrophysical Journal 105, no. 3 (1947): 44160
14. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XX
The Astrophysical Journal 106, no. 2 (1947): 14551
15. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXII
The Astrophysical Journal 107, no. (1948): 4872
16. On the Radiative Equilibrium of a Stellar Atmosphere, XXII
(concluded)
The Astrophysical Journal 107, no. 2 (1948): 188215
17. The Angular Distribution of the Radiation at the Interface of Two Adjoining Media
Canadian Journal of Physics 29 (1951): 1420
18. On the Diffuse Reflection of a Pencil of Radiation by a PlaneParallel Atmosphere
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 44, no. 9 (1958): 93340
19. Diffuse Reflection by a SemiInfinite Atmosphere. With H. G. Horak
The Astrophysical Journal 134, no. 1 (1961): 4556
4. Miscellaneous Problems
20. The Formation of Absorption Lines in a Moving Atmosphere
Reviews of Modern Physics 17, nos. 23 (1945): 13856
21. The Radiative Equilibrium of an Expanding Planetary Nebula.
I. Radiation Pressure in Lyman
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. 3 (1945): 40228
22. The Softening of Radiation by Multiple Compton Scattering
Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, 192 (1948): 50818
23. A New Type of BoundaryValue Problem in Hyperbolic Equations
Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 42, pt. 3 (1946): 25060
5. Review Articles
24. The Transfer of Radiation in Stellar Atmospheres
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 53, no. 7 (1947): 641711
25. Radiative Transfer: A Personal Account
Part Two  Investigation on the Negative Ion of Hydrogen and of TwoElectron Atoms
26. Some Remarks on the Negative Hydrogen Ions and Its Absorption Coefficient
The Astrophysical Journal 100, no. 2 (1944): 17680
27. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. (1945): 22331
28. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, II
The Astrophysical Journal 102, no. 3 (1945): 395401
29. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, III. With Frances Herman Breen
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 3 (1946): 43045
30. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, IV
The Astrophysical Journal 128, no. 1 (1958): 11423
31. On the Continuous Absorption Coefficient of the Negative Hydrogen Ion, V. With Donna D. Elbert
The Astrophysical Journal 128, no. 3 (1958): 63335
32. The Continuous Spectrum of the Sun and the Stars. With Guido Münch
The Astrophysical Journal 104, no. 3 (1946): 44657
33. The Story of Two Atoms
The Scientific Monthly 64, no. 4 (1947): 31321
34. Shift of the 1 S State of Helium, With Donna Elbert and G. Herzberg
The Physical Review 91, no. 5 (1953): 117273
35. Energies of the Ground States of He, Li+, and O6+, With G. Herzberg
The Physical Review 98, no. 4 (1955): 105054
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