UNITEXT for Physics

Optical, Infrared and Radio Astronomy

From Techniques to Observation

Authors: Poggiani, Rosa

  • Serves as a comprehensive reference on instrumentation, observation planning and execution, and data reduction in optical, infrared, and radio astronomy
  • Approaches optical, infrared, and radio astronomy as distinct research areas
  • Presents the state of the art in advanced observational techniques
  • Bridges the gap between specialized books and practical texts
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About this Textbook

This textbook presents the established sciences of optical, infrared, and radio astronomy as distinct research areas, focusing on the science targets and the constraints that they place on instrumentation in the different domains. It aims to bridge the gap between specialized books and practical texts, presenting the state of the art in different techniques. 

For each type of astronomy, the discussion proceeds from the orders of magnitude for observable quantities that drive the building of instrumentation and the development of advanced techniques. The specific telescopes and detectors are then presented, together with the techniques used to measure fluxes and spectra. 

Finally, the instruments and their limits are discussed to assist readers in choice of setup, planning and execution of observations, and data reduction.

The volume also includes worked examples and problem sets to improve student understanding; tables and figures in chapters su

mmarize the state of the art of instrumentation and techniques.

About the authors

Rosa Poggiani graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1988. Her work has focused especially on the gravitational acceleration of antimatter probes, the detection of gravitational waves with interferometers, and the optical properties of astrophysical compact objects. She has made significant contributions to the physics of low-energy antimatter, suspension systems, high-vacuum compatibility and the cryogenic design of interferometric gravitational wave detectors, the optical spectroscopy of novae and the microvariability of blazars. Dr. Poggiani has been an investigator in a number of research projects and has been involved in various international collaborations. She was Coordinator of Control and DAQ for the P118T experiment on antiproton deceleration and trapping at CERN. She has been a member of the Virgo Collaboration for the interferometric detection of gravitational waves since 1993, and was the Co

ordinator of the last stage of the suspensions and of the vacuum compatibility of the suspension components. The LIGO and Virgo members were awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics and the 2016 Gruber Cosmology Prize for the detection of gravitational waves.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Setting the Scene

    Poggiani, Rosa

    Pages 3-17

  • Pointing the Telescope: Astronomical Coordinates and Sky Catalogs

    Poggiani, Rosa

    Pages 19-29

  • Optical Astronomy: Telescopes

    Poggiani, Rosa

    Pages 33-44

  • Telescopes: Ground Based or in Space?

    Poggiani, Rosa

    Pages 45-63

  • Optical Astronomy: Detectors

    Poggiani, Rosa

    Pages 65-73

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44732-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44731-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Optical, Infrared and Radio Astronomy
Book Subtitle
From Techniques to Observation
Authors
Series Title
UNITEXT for Physics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44732-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44732-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44731-5
Series ISSN
2198-7882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 179
Number of Illustrations and Tables
78 b/w illustrations
Topics