Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

Observational Astrophysics

Authors: Léna, P., Rouan, D., Lebrun, F., Mignard, F., Pelat, D.

  • Enlarged and revised 3rd edition of a successful adopted textbook 
  • With a clear part and chapter structure for easier access for students 
  • Covers observational astrophysics over the entire electromagnetic spectrum 
  • Touches upon new and future windows of astronomy: neutrinos and gravitational waves 
  • Offers basics of signal processing, beneficial use of astronomical databases and virtual observatories
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About this book

,This is the updated, widely revised, restructured and expanded third edition of Léna et al.'s successful work Observational Astrophysics. It presents a synthesis on tools and methods of observational astrophysics of the early 21st century. Written specifically for astrophysicists and graduate students, this textbook focuses on fundamental and sometimes practical limitations on the ultimate performance that an astronomical system may reach, rather than presenting particular systems in detail.
In little more than a decade there has been extraordinary progress in imaging and detection technologies, in the fields of adaptive optics, optical interferometry, in the sub-millimetre waveband, observation of neutrinos, discovery of exoplanets, to name but a few examples.
The work deals with ground-based and space-based astronomy and their respective fields. And it also presents the ambitious concepts behind space missions aimed for the next decades. Avoiding particulars, it covers the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum, and provides an introduction to the new forms of astronomy becoming possible with gravitational waves and neutrinos. It also treats numerical aspects of observational astrophysics: signal processing, astronomical databases and virtual observatories.

About the authors

Pierre Léna is emeritus professor of physics and astrophysics at the university of Paris Diderot-Paris 7 and researcher at the Observatoire de Paris.

 

Daniel Rouan is a director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de Paris. He specialises in very high resolution imaging and develops new optical concepts for observation of exoplanets.

 

François Lebrun is an engineer at the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique. He has participated in major space astronomy missions, notably INTEGRAL. YOU COULD SAY ... an engineer at the French atomic energy authority (CEA).

 

François Mignard is a director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur. He specialises in astrometry and has played a major role in the future European space mission GAIA.

 

Didier Pelat is an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris. He teaches signal and image processing and has developed powerful mathematical tools for astronomical data processing.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“‘Observational Astrophysics’ is a textbook for graduate students and astrophysicists. … The book gives an in-depth overview of everything one might want to know specifically about observations. If you have ever wondered how exactly the X-ray or neutrino telescopes work and what kind of detectors are used there, then this is the right book to look into.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, October, 2014)

“The third edition of Observational Astrophysics … is impressively massive and contains a very large number of things that an astronomer might want to know, from millimetres of precipitable water above some of our favourite sites (less than 1 at the summer south pole to a shameful 7.1 at Kitt Peak) to the meaning of the Rao-Cramer inequality (which applies to the variance of an estimator). … include an expanded discussion of data analysis and a new chapter on sky surveys and virtual observatories.” (Virginia Trimble, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1229), August, 2012)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Observational Astrophysics
Authors
Translated by
Lyle, S.
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21815-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21815-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21814-9
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XV, 719
Topics