Astronomical Time Series: Proceedings of The Florence and George Wise Observatory 25th Anniversary Symposium held in Tel-Aviv, Israel, 30 December 1996-1 January 1997 / Edition 1

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These are the proceedings of a symposium devoted to astronomical time series. With the rising quantity, quality, and variety of temporal data, increasingly higher levels of sophistication are required of astronomers analyzing time series. Many of the central questions in astrophysics hinge on their measurement and analysis. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss some of the many recent applications, discoveries, problems and techniques of astronomical time series, and to bring to light the similarity of time series problems arising in different sub-disciplines.
Contributions by some of the foremost experts in astronomical time series include the fields of general mathematical and statistical techniques, interacting binaries, planet searches, pulsars, gravitational lensing, and active galactic nuclei. The volume is a unique interdisciplinary compilation on the topic of astronomical time series, and is suitable as a graduate-level introduction to the various topics, as well as a reference for time-series related work.

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Proceedings of a winter 1996 symposium, discussing recent applications, discoveries, problems, and techniques of astronomical time series in the study of interacting binaries, planet searches, pulsars, gravitational lensing, and active galactic nuclei. Subjects include time series analysis from a statistical point of view, image subtracting in time series analysis, time and quantum measurement, echo mapping and reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei, and wavelet transforms of flickering light curves in cataclysmic variables. For professionals and graduate students. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Participants
Astronomical Time Series Analysis: New Methods for Studying Periodic and Aperiodic Systems 1
Time Series Analysis from a Statistical Viewpoint 13
Observations of Millisecond Pulsars on Time Scales from 10 Nanoseconds to 10 Years 25
Microlensing: Current Results and Future Prospects 37
Image Subtraction in Time Series Analysis: Application to Microlensing and Light Echoes 49
Desperately Seeking Non-Gaussianity: The Light Curve of 0957+561 61
The Q0957+561 Time Delay, Quasar Structure, and Microlensing 73
Reverberation Mapping and the Physics of Active Galactic Nuclei 85
Echo Mapping of X-ray Binaries and Active Galactic Nuclei 109
Kilohertz Quasi-Periodic Oscillations in Low-Mass X-Ray Binaries 121
Radial Velocity Detections of Extra-Solar Planets 133
Time and Quantum Measurement 145
Concluding Remarks 157
Is AGN Variability Correlated with Other AGN Properties? ZDCF Analysis of Small Samples of Sparse Light Curves 163
Tests of Irregularly Sampled Stochastic Time Series for AGN 167
Measuring Variability in the Presence of Noise 171
Wavelet Transforms of Flickering Light Curves in Cataclysmic Variables 175
Fast Computation of Trigonometric Sums with Applications to the Frequency Analysis of Astronomical Data 179
Period Search: Comparison of the New and Old Methods 183
Analyzing the X-Ray Variability of Cygnus X-1 187
Far Ultraviolet Rapid HST Photometry of U Gem in Outburst and WZ Sge in Quiescence 191
The New Ultrashort-Period Cataclysmic Variable: RX J0757.0+6306 195
Permanent Superhumps in Nova V1974 Cyg 1992 199
Nova V1974 Cygni 1992: Variability of the Spectra in the Nebular Phase 203
On the Short-Time Scale Evolutionary History of Contact Binary VW Cephei 207
Statistics of Cataclysmic Variables from the "Highly Evolved Close Binary Systems" Catalog 211
Nova Aquilae 1995 - A Photometric Resemblance to Intermediate Polars 215
The Analysis of Three Novae: Old Novae Q Cyg, DI Lac, and N Cyg 1992 = V1974 Cyg 219
What is the Magnetic Field of the DQ Herculis Binaries? 223
Application of Frequency Analysis in Searches for Planets around Pulsars 227
The Planetary Companions to PSR B1257+12 231
Period Variations in Six Galactic Cepheids 235
Optical-to-Radio Time Delay in the Gravitationally Lensed QSO 0957+561 239
Reverberation Mapping of High Luminosity AGN 243
Reverberation Modeling of the Broad Emission Line Region in NGC 5548 247
Principal Component Analysis of the C IV [lambda]1549 Emission Line in Active Galactic Nuclei 251
X-ray Variability and Spectral Scaling: A measure of BLR sizes in AGN 255
Variable High Energy Emission of Blazars 259
Analyzing X-ray Variability by State Space Models 265
OJ 287: Wavelet Analysis of the 3-year light curve 269
Timescales of Optical Continuum Variability in NGC 4151 273
The X-ray Variability Properties of PG Quasars: New ROSAT/HRI Results 277
Auto- and Cross-Correlations of Gamma Ray Burst Time Series 281
TAUVEX and its Contribution to Time Series Studies 285
Author Index 291
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