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Simultaneously storing both spectral and spatial information, 3D spectroscopy offers a new way to tackle astrophysical problems, and opens up new lines of research. Since its inception in the eighties and early nineties, research in this field has grown enormously. Large telescopes all around the world are now equipped with integral field units, and two instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope will have integral field spectroscopic capabilities. Nowadays, more effort is dedicated to refining techniques for reducing, analysing, and interpreting the data obtained with 3D spectrographs.
Containing lectures from the seventeenth Winter School of the Canary Islands Astrophysics Institute, this book explores new 3D spectroscopy techniques and data. A broad and balanced presentation of research in this field, it introduces astronomers to a new generation of instruments, widening the appeal of integral field spectroscopy and helping it become a powerful tool in tackling astrophysical problems.
List of contributors viii
List of participants ix
List of abbreviations xiii
1 Introductory review and technical approaches Martin Roth 1
2 Observational procedures and data reduction James E.H. Turner 40
3 3D spectroscopic instrumentation Matthew A. Bershady 87
4 Analysis of 3D data Pierre Ferruit 126
5 Science motivation for integral field spectroscopy and Galactic studies Frank Eisenhauer 158
6 Extragalactic studies and future integral field spectroscopy science Luis Colina 200
7 Tutorials: How to handle 3D spectroscopy data Sebastián F. Sánchez Begoña García-Lorenzo Arlette Pécontal-Rousset 225