Handbook of Infrared Astronomy

Author: I. S. Glass
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521633857
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A clear and concise practical handbook on all aspects of infrared astronomy, for graduate students, researchers and keen amateurs.

Practical Statistics for Astronomers

Author: J. V. Wall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521456166
Format: PDF
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Presents the most relevant statistical and probabilistic machinery for use in observational astronomy.

Introduction to Astronomical Spectroscopy

Author: Immo Appenzeller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107015790
Format: PDF, Docs
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"The book introduces graduate students and young researchers of astronomy and physics to the techniques and methods of astronomical spectroscopy. It covers spectroscopic methods in all branches of astronomy, including optical astronomy, radio astronomy, and astronomy at X-ray and gamma-ray wavelengths. The book will also be of interest for engineers and technicians who are designing or operating optical and space instrumentation"--

To Measure the Sky

Author: Frederick R. Chromey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052176386X
Format: PDF, ePub
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With a lively yet rigorous and quantitative approach, this textbook introduces the fundamental topics in optical observational astronomy for undergraduates. It explains the theoretical foundations for observational practices and reviews essential physics to support students' mastery of the subject. Student understanding is strengthened through over 120 exercises and problems.

Practical Optical Interferometry

Author: David F. Buscher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316352013
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Optical interferometry is a powerful technique to make images on angular scales hundreds of times smaller than is possible with the largest telescopes. This concise guide provides an introduction to the technique for graduate students and researchers who want to make interferometric observations and acts as a reference for technologists building new instruments. Starting from the principles of interference, the author covers the core concepts of interferometry, showing how the effects of the Earth's atmosphere can be overcome using closure phase, and the complete process of making an observation, from planning to image reconstruction. This rigorous approach emphasizes the use of rules-of-thumb for important parameters such as the signal-to-noise ratios, requirements for sampling the Fourier plane and predicting image quality. The handbook is supported by web resources, including the Python source code used to make many of the graphs, as well as an interferometry simulation framework, available at www.cambridge.org/9781107042179.

Handbook of CCD Astronomy

Author: Steve B. Howell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113945076X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) are the state-of-the-art detector in many fields of observational science. Updated to include all of the latest developments in CCDs, this second edition of the Handbook of CCD Astronomy is a concise and accessible reference on all practical aspects of using CCDs. Starting with their electronic workings, it discusses their basic characteristics and then gives methods and examples of how to determine these values. While the book focuses on the use of CCDs in professional observational astronomy, advanced amateur astronomers, and researchers in physics, chemistry, medical imaging, and remote sensing will also find it very valuable. Tables of useful and hard-to-find data, key practical equations, and new exercises round off the book and ensure that it provides an ideal introduction to the practical use of CCDs for graduate students, and a handy reference for more experienced users.

Electronic Imaging in Astronomy

Author: Ian S. McLean
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3540765832
Format: PDF, Docs
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The second edition of Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation describes the remarkable developments that have taken place in astronomical detectors and instrumentation in recent years – from the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1970 to the current era of very large telescopes, such as the Keck 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii with their laser guide-star adaptive optics which rival the image quality of the Hubble Space Telescope. Authored by one of the world’s foremost experts on the design and development of electronic imaging systems for astronomy, this book has been written on several levels to appeal to a broad readership. Mathematical expositions are designed to encourage a wider audience, especially among the growing community of amateur astronomers with small telescopes with CCD cameras. The book can be used at the college level for an introductory course on modern astronomical detectors and instruments, and as a supplement for a practical or laboratory class.

Handbook of Pulsar Astronomy

Author: D. R. Lorimer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521828239
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Radio pulsars are rapidly rotating highly magnetized neutron stars. This comprehensive book is a unique resource that brings together the key observational techniques, background information and a review of the latest results, including the recent discovery of a double pulsar system. Useful software tools are provided which can be used to analyse example data, made available on a related website. This work will be of great value not only to graduate students but also to researchers wishing to carry out and interpret a wide variety of radio pulsar observations.

Measuring the Universe

Author: George H. Rieke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521762294
Format: PDF
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A one-stop guide to astronomical instrumentation and data acquisition, with a focus on the underlying principles behind each instrument's operation.

Observational Molecular Astronomy

Author: David A. Williams
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107018161
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This is the first book for astronomers who wish to use molecular emissions as a tool to explore the Universe.