Handbook of X-ray Astronomy
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- Keith Arnaud, University of Maryland, College Park
- Randall Smith, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Aneta Siemiginowska, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Modern x-ray data, available through online archives, are important for many astronomical topics. However, using these data requires specialized techniques and software. Written for graduate students, professional astronomers and researchers who want to start working in this field, this book is a practical guide to x-ray astronomy. The handbook begins with x-ray optics, basic detector physics and CCDs, before focussing on data analysis. It introduces the reduction and calibration of x-ray data, scientific analysis, archives, statistical issues and the particular problems of highly extended sources. The book describes the main hardware used in x-ray astronomy, emphasizing the implications for data analysis. The concepts behind common x-ray astronomy data analysis software are explained. The appendices present reference material often required during data analysis.Read more
- A practical guide to x-ray astronomy, enabling readers to understand modern x-ray data
- Describes the main hardware used in x-ray astronomy and the effects it can have on the results attained
- Explains the concepts behind common x-ray astronomy data analysis software so readers will know which software tools to use and why
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'… this is an excellent, good-value book and should be required reading for all those interested in X-ray astronomy.' The Observatory
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- Date Published: December 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139153300
- contains: 60 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
1. X-ray astronomy optics Daniel A. Schwartz
2. Proportional counters and other detector techniques Richard J. Edgar
3. CCDs for x-ray astronomy Catherine E. Grant
4. Data reduction and calibration Keith A. Arnaud and Randall K. Smith
5. Data analysis Randall K. Smith, Keith A. Arnaud and Aneta Siemiginowska
6. Archives, surveys, catalogues and software Keith Arnaud
7. Statistics Aneta Siemiginowska
8. Analysis of extended emission K. D. Kuntz
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