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Electronic Imaging in Astronomy Detectors and Instrumentation

ISBN-10: 3540765824
ISBN-13: 9783540765820
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: Ian S. McLean
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List price: $109.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/25/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 552
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.454
Language: English

The second edition of Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation describes the remarkable developments that have taken place in astronomical detectors and instrumentation in recent years -- from the invention of the charge-coupled device (CCD) in 1970 to the current era of very large telescopes, such as the Keck 10-meter telescopes in Hawaii with their laser guide-star adaptive optics which rival the image quality of the Hubble Space Telescope. Authored by one of the worlds foremost experts on the design and development of electronic imaging systems for astronomy, this book has been written on several levels to appeal to a broad readership. Mathematical expositions are controlled to encourage a wider audience, especially among the growing community of amateur astronomers who own small telescopes with CCD cameras. The book can be used at the college level for a one semester introductory course on modern astronomical detectors and instruments, and as a supplement for a practical or laboratory class. But it also provides the core of a one semester course on astronomical instrumentation for new graduate (PhD) students who may very soon be faced with using, or even building, electronic imaging systems. The book contains worked examples, problems & solutions, end-of-chapter references and a glossary.

The development of electronic imaging in astronomy
Beating the atmosphere
Telescopes
The discovery power of modern astronomical instruments
Instrumentation and detectors
Designing and building astronomical instruments
Charge-coupled devices
Practical operation of CCDs
Characterization and calibration of array instruments
Image processing and analysis
Electronic imaging at infrared wavelengths
Electronic imaging at ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths
Electronic imaging at sub-millimeter and radio wavelengths
Future developments
Answers to selected exercises
Powers-of-10 notation
Units of measurement and useful conversions
Physical and astronomical constants
Astronomical magnitude scale and relation to lux
Basic observational astronomy facts
Useful statistics
Index

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