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The Analysis of Emission Lines


Part of Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium Series

L. Woltjer, A. Pradhan, J. Peng, D. Hummer, J. Drew, M. Dopita, G. Ferland, H. Netzer, R. Dufour, H. Dinerstein, A. Dalgarno, M. Peimbert, R. Ramaty, R. Lingenfelter, V. Trimble
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521675604

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  • What can emission lines tell us about an astrophysical object? A workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute was dedicated to address just this question – for a host of objects (including planetary nebulae and active galactic nuclei) across a broad range of wavelengths (from the infrared through to gamma-rays). Thirteen review articles from internationally renowned experts are presented in this volume. They provide an edited and coherent overview of the latest technical data, techniques in and applications of the study of emission lines from a variety of objects. Chapters include the theory of radiative transfer, photoionising shocks, and emission lines from stellar winds, as well as useful summaries of abundance determinations, atomic data, and diagnostics for IR, UV, gamma-ray and molecular lines. Together these review articles provide an overview of the analysis of emission lines. They summarise current knowledge, highlight outstanding problems and provide focus for fruitful future research. In this way they provide an excellent introduction for graduate students and reference for professionals.

    • Comprehensive survey of the latest data, techniques and applications of one of the most fundamental tools available to astronomers
    • An excellent introduction for graduate students and a 'one-volume' up-to-date reference for researchers
    • Edited review articles by international experts
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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521675604
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 59 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Emission Lines:
    1. Past and Future L. Woltjer
    2. Atomic Data for the Analysis of Emission Lines A. Pradhan and J. Peng
    3. Radiative Transfer D. Hummer
    4. Emission Lines from Winds J. Drew
    5. Photoionizing Shocks M. Dopita
    6. The Lexington Benchmarks for Numerical Simulations of Nebulae G. Ferland et al.
    7. Emission Line Diagnostics H. Netzer
    8. Ultraviolet Spectroscopy R. Dufour
    9. Infrared Emission Lines as Probes of Gaseous Nebulae H. Dinerstein
    10. Molecular Emission Line Diagnostics in Astrophysical Environments A. Dalgarno
    11. Abundance Determinations M. Peimbert
    12. Astrophysical Gamma Ray Emission Lines R. Ramaty and R. Lingenfelter
    13. Summary Remarks V. Trimble.

  • Editors

    Robert Williams, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

    Mario Livio, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore


    L. Woltjer, A. Pradhan, J. Peng, D. Hummer, J. Drew, M. Dopita, G. Ferland, H. Netzer, R. Dufour, H. Dinerstein, A. Dalgarno, M. Peimbert, R. Ramaty, R. Lingenfelter, V. Trimble

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