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Handbook of Infrared Astronomy

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  • Author: I. S. Glass, South African Astronomical Observatory, Sutherland
  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521633116

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  • Infrared astronomy is a dynamic area of current research. It has been revolutionized in the past few years by the advent of large, sensitive, infrared arrays, and the success of several infrared satellites. This handbook provides a clear, concise and accessible reference on all aspects of infrared astronomy. Throughout, the emphasis is on fundamental concepts, practical considerations and useful data. Starting with a review of the basic infrared emission mechanisms, we are shown how the earth's atmosphere affects and limits observations from ground-based telescopes. The important systematics of photometric accuracy are treated in detail. Spectroscopy--both stellar and otherwise--is explained, and illustrated with useful examples. An important chapter is devoted to dust, which plays such a central role. Finally, the technical background to infrared instrumentation is covered to help the reader develop a proper understanding of the capabilities and limitations of infrared observations. This volume provides both an essential introduction for graduate students making infrared observations or reducing infrared data for the first time, and a convenient reference for more experienced researchers.

    • A highly topical area of research currently undergoing significant growth
    • One of the fastest growing areas of interest for amateur astronomers; so, although aimed primarily at grad students and researchers, this handbook is also of key interest to keen amateurs
    • '… a wealth of useful information to aid the non-specialist in understanding the nuances of infrared astronomy … an excellent resource for both professionals and amateurs who want to enter the realm of the infrared observer.' Steven V. W. Beckwith, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
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    "...a wealth of useful information to aid the non-specialist in understanding the nuances of infrared astronomy. This book will serve as an excellent resource for both professionals and amateurs who want to enter the realm of the infrared observer."
    Steven V. W. Beckwith, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute

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    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521633116
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 35 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Infrared emission mechanism
    2. The infrared sky
    3. Photometry
    4. Spectroscopy
    5. Dust
    6. Infrared astronomical technology
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    I. S. Glass, South African Astronomical Observatory, Sutherland

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