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Astronomy | Space Astronomy - The UV Window to the Universe

Space Astronomy

The UV Window to the Universe

Gómez de Castro, Ana I., Brosch, Noah (Eds.)

Reprinted from Astrophysics and Space Science Vol. 320 Nos. 1-3

2010, VI, 264 p.

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  • About this book

The field of ultraviolet astronomy offers unequalled scientific promise yet has not been blessed with a multitude of space missions (as has been the case for other spectral domains). This book contains a distillation of the community’s views on the topic and the desires for future observational facilities. As such, it provides the most up-to-date information on the topic of ultraviolet astronomy from a very broad point of view, presenting a compilation of lectures given at a specialist meeting and combining theoretical arguments with observational reports and detailed instrumental information.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Accretion - Redshift - Space-mission - Space-observatories - UV-Astronomy - astronomy

Related subjects » Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences

Table of contents 

Foreword.- Summary of the First NUVA Conference Space Astronomy: the UV Window to the Universe.- The Ultraviolet sky surveys: filling the gap in our view of the Universe.- Observations of the near and far ultraviolet background.- Studying hot gas using the ultraviolet: High ions in galactic halos.- Metal-line system survey: characterizing the low-redshift IGM.- Local Lyman ? emitters and their relevance to high-redshift star-forming galaxies.- Reionization: characteristic scales, topology and observability.- The ultraviolet morphology of evolved populations.- Young circumnuclear disks in elliptical galaxies.- On some prospects of UV observatories for studies of galaxies-IGM mass exchange.- The starburst-AGN connection: the role of stellar clusters in AGNs.- Active galactic nuclei in the ultraviolet.- Galactic dynamos and galactic winds.- Two-dimensional properties of nearby galaxies.- Solving the mysteries of the diffuse interstellar medium with high-resolution UV spectroscopy.- O VI in the local interstellar medium.- The formation of planetary disks and winds: an ultraviolet view.- MHD simulations of accretion disks and jets: strengths and limitations.- Magnetic activity optimal tracers: from radio to X-ray; the relevance of UV astronomy.- The dynamic magnetic quiet Sun: physical mechanisms and UV signature.- General Relativity studies through X-ray spectroscopy of the Fe (and others) K ? fluorescent lines.- UV observations of Cataclysmic Variables.- Colliding winds in symbiotics.- Very peculiar wind from BD+53°2790, the optical counterpart to 4U 2206+54.- Outflows from massive blue stars.- AGB star intershell abundances inferred from UV spectra of extremely hot post-AGB stars.- An introduction to the dark energy problem.- Ultraviolet SN observations with Swift.- Optical and UV monitor (OM) on-board XMM-Newton.- The cosmic origins spectrograph: capabilities and prelaunch performance.- WSO-UV—ultraviolet mission for the next decade.- WSO/UV spectrographs: the expected performance of HIRDES.- The Field Camera Unit of the WSO/UV telescope.- The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope: a view of today and tomorrow.- Exotic UV astronomy.- The Stellar Imager (SI) project: a deep space UV/Optical Interferometer (UVOI) to observe the Universe at 0.1 milli-arcsec angular resolution.- The Fresnel interferometric imager.- Stellar and galactic environment survey (SAGE).- CCD cameras and Spacewire interfaces for HERSCHEL/SCORE suborbital mission.- Novel narrow filters for imaging in the 50–150 nm VUV range.- The current and future capabilities of MCP based UV detectors.- Dedication to Willem Wamsteker.- Willem Wamsteker (1942–2005).- FUV spectroscopy of the central star of the planetary nebula Sh?2–216.

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