Handbook of CCD Astronomy

ISBN-10: 0521617626
ISBN-13: 9780521617628
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) are the state-of-the-art detector in many fields of observational science. Updated to include all of the latest developments in CCDs, this second edition of the Handbook of CCD Astronomy is a concise and accessible  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902

Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) are the state-of-the-art detector in many fields of observational science. Updated to include all of the latest developments in CCDs, this second edition of the Handbook of CCD Astronomy is a concise and accessible reference on all practical aspects of using CCDs. Starting with their electronic workings, it discusses their basic characteristics and then gives methods and examples of how to determine these values. While the book focuses on the use of CCDs in professional observational astronomy, advanced amateur astronomers, and researchers in physics, chemistry, medical imaging, and remote sensing will also find it very valuable. Tables of useful and hard-to-find data, key practical equations, and new exercises round off the book and ensure that it provides an ideal introduction to the practical use of CCDs for graduate students, and a handy reference for more experienced users.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction
Nomenclature
Why use CCDs?
Exercises
CCD manufacturing and operation
CCD operation
CCD types
CCD coatings
Analog-to-digital converters
Exercises
Characterization of charge-coupled devices
Quantum efficiency
Charge diffusion
Charge transfer efficiency
Readout noise
Dark current
CCD pixel size, pixel binning, full well capacity, and windowing
Overscan and bias
CCD gain and dynamic range
Summary
Exercises
CCD imaging
Image or plate scale
Flat fielding
Calculation of read noise and gain
Signal-to-noise ratio
Basic CCD data reduction
CCD imaging
Exercises
Photometry and astrometry
Stellar photometry from digital images
Two-dimensional profile fitting
Difference image photometry
Aperture photometry
Absolute versus differential photometry
High speed photometry
PSF shaped photometry
Astrometry
Pixel sampling
Exercises
Spectroscopy with CCDs
Review of spectrographs
CCD spectrographs
CCD spectroscopy
Signal-to-noise calculations for spectroscopy
Data reduction for CCD spectroscopy
Extended object spectroscopy
Slitless spectroscopy
Exercises
CCDs used in space and at short wavelengths
CCDs in space
Radiation damage in CCDs
CCDs in the UV and EUV (300-3000 A) spectral range
CCDs in the X-ray (< 500 A) spectral range
Exercises
Appendices
CCD reading list
General CCD references
CCD manufacturers: websites & information
Some basics of image displays and color images
False color and pseudo-color images
Exercises
References
Index

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