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Observational Astronomy

Observational Astronomy
Techniques and Instrumentation

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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010468

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  • Astronomy is fundamentally an observational science and as such it is important for astronomers and astrophysicists to understand how their data are collected and analyzed. This book is a comprehensive review of current observational techniques and instruments. Featuring instruments such as Spitzer, Herschel, Fermi, ALMA, Super-Kamiokande, SNO, IceCube, the Auger Observatory, LIGO and LISA, the book discusses the capabilities and limitations of different types of instruments. It explores the sources and types of noise and provides statistical tools necessary for interpreting observational data. Due to the increasingly important role of statistical analysis, the techniques of Bayesian analysis are discussed, along with sampling techniques and model comparison. With topics ranging from fundamental subjects such as optics, photometry and spectroscopy, to neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves, this book is essential for graduate students in astronomy and physics. Electronic and color versions of selected figures are available online at www.

    • Covers underlying principles as well as advanced topics, providing a solid introduction to modern observational techniques and instruments
    • Provides readers with new statistical tools to use in astronomical data analysis and the ability to avoid many common errors
    • Includes more than 60 end-of-chapter exercises
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010468
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 250 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 18 tables 64 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Astrophysical information
    2. Photometry
    3. Positional astronomy
    4. Fourier transforms
    5. Detection systems
    6. Orthodox statistics
    7. Stochastic processes and noise
    8. Optics
    9. Interference
    10. Spectroscopy
    11. UV, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy
    12. Radio receivers, spectrometers, and interferometers
    13. Modern statistical methods
    14. Neutrino detectors
    15. Cosmic ray detectors
    16. Gravitational waves
    17. Polarimetry

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    Observational Astronomy

    Edmund C. Sutton

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    Edmund C. Sutton, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Edmund C. Sutton is Associate Professor in the Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois. His research has been primarily in infrared and sub-millimeter astronomy with an emphasis on instrumentation.

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