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Introduction to Astronomical Photometry

ISBN-10: 0521847117

ISBN-13: 9780521847117

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Edwin Budding, Osman Demircan, Richard Ellis, John Huchra, Steven Kahn

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Completely updated, this second edition gives a broad review of astronomical photometry to provide an understanding of astrophysics from a data-based perspective. It explains the underlying principles of the instruments used, and the applications and inferences derived from measurements. Each chapter has been fully revised to account for the latest developments, including the use of CCDs. Highly illustrated, this book provides an overview and historical background of the subject before reviewing the main themes within astronomical photometry. The central chapters focus on the practical design of the instruments and methodology used. The book concludes by discussing specialised topics in stellar astronomy, concentrating on the information derived from the analysis of the light curves of variable stars and close binary systems. It includes numerous bibliographic notes and a glossary of terms. It is ideal for graduate students, academic researchers and advanced amateurs interested in practical and observational astronomy.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Edwin Budding is a Research Fellow at the Carter Observatory, New Zealand, and a Visiting Professor at the #199;anakkale University, Turkey.

Osman Demircan is Head of the Physics Department and Director of Ulupinar Observatory of #199;anakkale University, Turkey.

Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
Overview
Scope of the subject
Requirements
Participants
Targets
Bibliographical notes
References
Introduction
Optical photometry
Historical notes
Some basic terminology
Radiation: waves and photons
Bibliographical notes
References
Underlying essentials
Radiation field concepts
Black body radiation
The Sun seen as a star
The bolometric correction
Stellar fluxes and temperatures
Broadband filters: essential points
Surface flux and colour correlations
Absolute parameters of stars
Bibliographical notes
References
Themes of astronomical photometry
Extinction
Broadband filters: data and requirements
Photometry at intermediate bandwidths
Narrowband photometry
Fast photometry
Photometry of extended objects
Photopolarimetry
Bibliographical notes
References
Practicalities
Overview of basic instrumentation
Detectors
Conventional measurement methods
Bibliographical notes
References
Procedures
The standard stars experiment
Differential photometry
Application of CCD cameras
Light curves of variable stars
Bibliographical notes
References
Basic light curve analysis
Light curve analysis: general outline
Eclipsing binaries: basic facts
Hand solution of light curves
Computer-based analysis
Bibliographical notes
References
Period changes in variable stars
Variable stars and periodic effects
Complexities in O-C diagrams
Period changes: observational aspects
Period changes: theoretical aspects
Statistical data on Algol binaries
Bibliographical notes
References
Close binary systems
Coordinate transformation
Orbital eccentricity
Proximity effects
The 16-parameter curve fitter
Frequency domain analysis
Narrowband photometry of binaries
Bibliographical notes
References
Spotted stars
Introductory background
The photometric effects of starspots
Application to observations
Starspots in binary systems
Analysis of light curves of RS CVn-like stars
Bibliographical notes
References
Pulsating stars
Introductory background
The Baade-Wesselink procedure
Six-colour data on classical cepheids
Pulsational radii
Bibliographical notes
References
Appendix
Author index
Subject index