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Astrophysical Techniques provides a comprehensive and clearly understandable account of the modern instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics. Drawing together an ever-diverging array of observational techniques, using the common thread of a detection-imaging-ancillary instruments pattern, Professor Kitchin has provided us with a unified view of astrophysical investigation. The author's fully illustrated text starts from first principles and explains each method up to the point at which the reader can begin practical work with the equipment and even start designing it. Exercises with answers are used to reinforce the ideas presented in each chapter. There is also an extensive bibliography to enable further study and appendices of tables of astrophysical data provide an excellent reference source.

Science undergraduates taking an astronomy option will find Astrophysical Techniques an essential study aid; amateur astronomers of any level will find the book to be of immense value to their research and professional astronomers should use the book as a source of information on areas unfamiliar to them. This revised and extensively updated edition contains a large amount of new material keeping the student of astronomy totally informed.

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Editorial Reviews

New Scientist
...a well-written, comprehensive guide to the techniques and instruments used to probe the cosmos. Useful to star gazers at all levels of expertise.
Modern Astronomer
... an extensive and penetrating compendium ... astronomers at any level will find this book of great value ... The book succeeds very well in bringing together, in one source, the current state of the art of detecting the unverse in all its guises.
Times Higher Ed. Supplement
The book is thorough and is accurately aimed at the undergraduate who likes a good long read. ... It is a superb review of the plethora of complicated physical processes.
A revised and updated edition (first in 1984) of Kitchin's clear and comprehensive account of the instruments and techniques used in astronomy and astrophysics, for science undergraduates and amateur astronomers. Includes exercises with answers, an extensive bibliography, and tables of astrophysical data for reference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750304986
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 489
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 Detectors 1
1.1 Optical and Infrared Detection 1
1.2 Radio and Microwave Detection 91
1.3 X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detection 107
1.4 Cosmic Ray Detectors 131
1.5 Neutrino Detectors 149
1.6 Gravitational Radiation 158
2 Imaging 165
2.1 The Inverse Problem 165
2.2 Photography 170
2.3 Electronic Imaging 192
2.4 Scanning 201
2.5 Interferometry 204
2.6 Speckle Interferometry 233
2.7 Occultations 237
2.8 Radar 245
2.9 Electronic Images 255
3 Photometry 260
3.1 Photometry 260
3.2 Photometers 281
4 Spectroscopy 301
4.1 Spectroscopy 301
4.2 Spectroscopes 334
5 Other Techniques 356
5.1 Astrometry 356
5.2 Polarimetry 368
5.3 Solar Studies 390
5.4 Magnetometry 405
App. I Magnitudes and spectral types of bright stars 417
App. II North polar sequence 420
App. III Standard stars for the U B V photometric system 423
App. IV Standard stars for the uvby photometric system 426
App. V Standard stars for MK spectral types 435
App. VI Standard stars for polarimetry 443
App. VII Julian date 445
App. VIII Catalogues 447
App. IX Answers to the exercises 449
Bibliography 451
Index 458
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