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Thirty Years of Astronomical Discovery with UKIRT

The Scientific Achievement of the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope

Adamson, Andy, Davies, John, Robson, E. Ian (Eds.)

Published under the auspices of the Royal Astronomical Society

2013, IX, 341 p. 197 illus., 131 illus. in color.

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  • Reviews the technological and scientific success story of the pioneering United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope (UKIRT)
  • Presents an outlook to future research
  • Edited and written by pioneers and current leaders in infrared astronomy

These are the proceedings of an international meeting hosted by the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the UKIRT, the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope.

The volume comprises 31 professional level papers. The first part of the book has 10 thorough reviews of the conception, design and build of the telescope, as well as accounts of some its key instruments such as IRCAM (the common-user infrared camera), CGS4 (the fourth Cooled Grating Spectrometer) and the Wide Field Camera. The second part of the book comprises 14 reviews of scientific achievements during its twenty years of visitor mode operations. The final part of the book is a series of 7 reviews of the results from the multiple surveys being done as part of UKIDSS (UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey).

The authors are all experts in their respective fields, for example instrument scientists, operations staff and leading astronomers.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 30th Anniversary of UKIRT - Infrared Astronomy Instrumentation - Infrared Surveys Overview - RAS-Springer Book - UKIDSS Survey Description - UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey - UKIRT Reviewed - United Kingdom Infrared Telescope

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Cosmology

Table of contents 

Part I The Development of UKIRT.- The UKIRT Success Story.- UKIRT - the Project and the early years.- The IRCAM Revolution.- The Submillimetre Years.- CGS4 rules OK.- The UKIRT Upgrades.- Operational Innovations.- Wide Field Camera.- UKIRT Polarimetry.- Mid-infrared observations from UKIRT.- Part II UKIRT Science.- Star formation.- Asteroids and Comets from UKIRT.- Spectroscopic tomography.- Interstellar spectroscopy.- Brown dwarfs.- White Dwarfs in UKIDSS.- Discovery of variables in WFCAM and VISTA data.- WFCAM transit survey.- Near-infrared extinction in the Galactic Plane.- Observations and modelling of PAHs.- Nearby galaxies.- Surveying the Local Group galaxies.- Radio and sub-mm galaxies.- High Redshift Emission Line Survey.- Bright Lyman-alpha Emitters at z~9.- Gamma Ray Bursts.- Part III UKIDSS and the Future.- UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey UKIDSS.- Large Area Survey.- Galactic Plane Survey.- Galactic Cluster Survey.- Deep eXtralactic Survey.- Ultra Deep Survey.- Properties of UV selected galaxies at 4.5<<z<<6.- The UKIRT Planet Finder.

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