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Handbook of X-ray Astronomy

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ISBN-10: 0521883733

ISBN-13: 9780521883733

Edition: 2011

Authors: Keith Arnaud, Randall Smith, Aneta Siemiginowska

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List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/29/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 206
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Keith Arnaud is at the Center for Research Excellence in Space Science and Technology, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and is an Associate Research Scientist in the Astronomy Department, University of Maryland. A veteran of x-ray astronomy, he is recognized world-wide as an expert on data analysis techniques.

Randall Smith is an astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He is internationally known for his work on spectral emission from astrophysical plasmas and the underlying issues of atomic physics.

Aneta Siemiginowska is an astrophysicist in the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. She has worked in both theoretical and observational aspects of x-ray astronomy with interests in extra galactic radio sources, quasars, powerful jets and statistical methods.

List of contributors
Introduction
Optics
Introduction
X-ray reflection
X-ray mirrors
Diffraction gratings
The future of X-ray optics
Detectors
X-ray detectors
Proportional counters
Gas scintillation proportional counters
Scintillators
MicroChannel plates
CZT detectors
Microcalorimeters
Charge-coupled devices
Introduction
Basic principles and operation
Performance
Detector features
Future X-ray imaging detectors
Data reduction and calibration
The event file
Looking at the data
Selecting events of interest
Extracting analysis products
Calibration
Data analysis
Introduction
Low-resolution spectral analysis
High-resolution spectral analysis
Imaging analysis
Timing analysis
Archives, surveys, catalogs, and software
Archives
Surveys and catalogs
Software
Calibration data
Statistics
Introduction
The statistical underpinning of X-ray data analysis
Probability distributions
Parameter estimation and maximum like lihood
Confidence bounds
Hypothesis testing and model selection
Statistical issues
Extended emission
Introduction
Backgrounds and foregrounds
Initial analysis
Spectral analysis
Image analysis
Mosaics
Appendices
X-ray lines and edges
Conversion tables
Typical X-ray sources
Major X-ray satellites
Astrostatistics
Acronyms
References
Index