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Aannestad and Purcell 1973

Aannestad, P.A., and E.M. Purcell, 1973: Interstellar grains. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 11, 309-362, doi:10.1146/annurev.aa.11.090173.001521.

Since the last review of our subject in these volumes, by Lynds & Wickramasinghe (1968), there has been a remarkable accumulation of new observational evidence bearing on the nature and distribution of interstellar dust. On the theoretical side, progress has been less impressive, but not, as the bibliography will show, for want of effort. We have tried in this survey to emphasize the observations, but to discuss their interpretation has irresistibly demanded space. We hope that our survey will provide a useful guide into the now very extensive literature.

We have not been able to deal with all the topics that might reasonably be discussed under the heading interstellar grains. Among the topics not covered are circumstellar dust, dust clouds, dust in the nucleus of the Galaxy, and the still largely speculative question of extragalactic dust.

Useful general references on the interstellar medium are the books of Spitzer (1968a) and Kaplan & Pikel'ner (1970). The book of Wickramasinghe (1967) is devoted entirely to interstellar grains. The comprehensive review article by Greenberg (1968) remains an important reference on grains. The recent and extensive survey by Wickramasinghe & Nandy (1972) appeared as our own survey was being completed.

Recent conferences on interstellar dust or related subjects have produced important collections of papers, many of which will be referred to individually in our text. We call attention especially to the Proceedings of the International Conference on Laboratory Astrophysics, at Lunteren, published in Physica, Vol. 41, pp. 1-223, 1969, the papers from the IAU Colloquium on Interstellar Dust, at Jena, published in Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 293, 1971, and the forthcoming Proceedings of the IAU Symposium No. 52 on Interstellar Dust and Related Topics, held in Albany, New York, in June 1972.

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  author={Aannestad, P. A. and Purcell, E. M.},
  title={Interstellar grains},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},

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ID  - aa03000u
AU  - Aannestad, P. A.
AU  - Purcell, E. M.
PY  - 1973
TI  - Interstellar grains
JA  - Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys.
JO  - Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
VL  - 11
SP  - 309
EP  - 362
DO  - 10.1146/annurev.aa.11.090173.001521
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