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Astronomy - Astrophysics and Astroparticles | Tools of Radio Astronomy

Tools of Radio Astronomy

Rohlfs, Kristen, Wilson, Thomas

4th ed. 2004, XVI, 462 p.


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  • About this textbook

  • Classic textbook and the main reference work in radio astronomy
  • The new edition has numerous updates reflecting the fast development of radio astronomy

This substantially rewritten and expanded fourth edition outlines the most up-to-date methods and tools of radio astronomy. Tools of Radio Astronomy gives a unified treatment of the entire field of radio astronomy, from centimeter to sub-millimeter wavelengths and using single telescopes as well as interferometers. The basic physical principles are described and a complete outline of the instrumentation, observational techniques, and methods of measurement and analysis are given. The goal of this standard reference and text is to prepare readers to carry out observations and relate the data to physical processes in interstellar space. In this fourth edition, the chapter on interferometry and aperture synthesis has been thoroughly revised in the light of most recent developments, as has been the chapter on molecules in interstellar space, and material on receiver technology.

From reviews of previous editions:

"People use this book so much because it describes what one needs in order actually to do radio astronomy ... and it will remain relevant for a long time...This book is an excellent graduate level text - the best available by far. It is also the best reference book for the practising astronomer who wants to do radio astronomy properly, to interpret the jargon or to understand some of the details of current literature." Physics Today

"This is the one book you should buy if you want to become a radio astronomer. (...) I have used the first and second editions as a postgraduate textbook for many years, and will now recommend the third edition to my students." The Observatory

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Line Radiation - Microwave Receiver Technology - Radiation Processes - Radio Astronomy - Telescope Design - astronomy

Related subjects » Astrobiology - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences

Table of contents 

1. Radio Astronomical Fundamentals.- 2. Electromagnetic Wave Propagation Fundamentals.- 3. Wave Polarization.- 4. Signal Processing and Receivers.- 5. Fundamentals of Antenna Theory.- 6. Filled Aperture Antennas.- 7. Observational Methods.- 8. Interferometers and Aperture Synthesis.- 9. Emission Mechanisms of Continuous Radiation.- 10. Some Examples of Thermal and Nonthermal Radio Sources.- 11. Spectral Line Fundamentals.- 12. Line Radiation of Neutral Hydrogen.- 13. Recombination Lines.- 14. Molecules in Interstellar Space.- A. Some Useful Vector Relations.- B. The Fourier Transform.- C. The Hankel Transform.- D. A List of Calibration Radio Sources.- References.

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