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Observational astronomy [electronic resource] : techniques and instrumentation /
Edmund C. Sutton.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
description
xxiv, 394 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
9781107010468 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
9781107010468 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Machine generated contents note: 1. Astrophysical information; 2. Photometry; 3. Positional astronomy; 4. Fourier transforms; 5. Detection systems; 6. Orthodox statistics; 7. Stochastic processes and noise; 8. Optics; 9. Interference; 10. Spectroscopy; 11. UV, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy; 12. Radio receivers, spectrometers, and interferometers; 13. Modern statistical methods; 14. Neutrino detectors; 15. Cosmic ray detectors; 16. Gravitational waves; 17. Polarimetry; Index.
abstract
"Astronomy is fundamentally an observational science and as such it is important for astronomers and astrophysicists to understand how their data are collected and analyzed. This book is a comprehensive review of current observational techniques and instruments. Featuring instruments such as Spitzer, Herschel, Fermi, ALMA, Super-Kamiokande, SNO, IceCube, the Auger Observatory, LIGO and LISA, the book discusses the capabilities and limitations of different types of instruments. It explores the sources and types of noise and provides statistical tools necessary for interpreting observational data. Due to the increasingly important role of statistical analysis, the techniques of Bayesian analysis are discussed, along with sampling techniques and model comparison. With topics ranging from fundamental subjects such as optics, photometry and spectroscopy, to neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves, this book is essential for graduate students in astronomy and physics"--
"This book is based on a required course for graduate students in Astronomy which I taught for a number of years at the University of Illinois. The premise of the course is that both theoretical astronomers and observers should have a basic understanding of the techniques of observational astronomy. The emphasis is on the underlying physics of the methods of detection and analytical tools (statistical and otherwise) that astronomers find useful. The great variety of current instruments and the rapid introduction of new instruments preclude an in-depth treatment of the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of many instruments. But every instrument has its own idiosyncrasies and its own ways of corrupting the data and deceiving the observer. The topics in this book, I believe, cover the minimum which is required of anyone attempting to understand or interpret observational astronomy data.Throughout the book equations are given in mks (SI) units so that it is easy to relate the discussion to practical quantities such as volts and watts. This is true even in the chapter on gravitational waves, a subject for which many texts and references use geometrized units (c = 1, G = 1). I prefer to keep c and G around rather than having to figure out where to put them when I need to calculate power"--
catalogue key
11054298
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-377) and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
Astronomy is fundamentally an observational science and as such it is important for astronomers and astrophysicists to understand how their data are collected and analyzed. This book is a comprehensive review of current observational techniques and instruments. Featuring instruments such as Spitzer, Herschel, Fermi, ALMA, Super-Kamiokande, SNO, IceCube, the Auger Observatory, LIGO and LISA, the book discusses the capabilities and limitations of different types of instruments. It explores the sources and types of noise and provides statistical tools necessary for interpreting observational data. Due to the increasingly important role of statistical analysis, the techniques of Bayesian analysis are discussed, along with sampling techniques and model comparison. With topics ranging from fundamental subjects such as optics, photometry and spectroscopy, to neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves, this book is essential for graduate students in astronomy and physics.
Description for Bookstore
Ideal for graduate students, this book provides a solid grounding in observational astronomy. The topics covered are accessible to theoreticians and observers alike, ranging from fundamental subjects, to diverse topics such as neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves. Combined, they provide a thorough introduction to modern observational techniques and instruments.
Table of Contents
Astrophysical information
Photometry
Positional astronomy
Fourier transforms
Detection systems
Orthodox statistics
Stochastic processes and noise
Optics
Interference
Spectroscopy
UV, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy
Radio receivers, spectrometers, and interferometers
Modern statistical methods
Neutrino detectors
Cosmic ray detectors
Gravitational waves
Polarimetry
Index
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