Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation / Edition 1

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Overview

Modern astronomy depends heavily on advances in technology and instrumentation. This book emphasises the synergy between high technology and the ability to study and comprehend the universe, describing the key technologies and ways in which electronics and computers underlie modern astronomy. Significant attention is paid to the principles, design, and use of CCD technology (charge coupled device) now used extensively by professional and amateur astronomers. In addition, the author discusses instrumentation for infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, radio, and gamma-ray astronomy, examines the new generation of telescopes and considers future detector developments. Includes exercises and practical data for students.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471969723
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations, plates and tables
Preface
Introduction
1 The development of electronic imaging in astronomy 1
2 Automation and computers 23
3 The power of modern astronomical instrumentation 41
4 Instrumentation - basic principles 71
5 Designing astronomical instruments 89
6 Charge-coupled devices 127
7 Practical operation of CCDs 157
8 Electronic imaging at infrared wavelengths 195
9 Practical operation of infrared arrays 231
10 Characterization and calibration of array instruments 271
11 Computers and image processing 307
12 Electronic imaging at other wavelengths 339
13 A new generation of telescopes 373
14 High angular resolution imaging 405
Glossary 423
Answers to selected exercises 443
App. 1 Powers of ten notation 449
App. 2 Some units of measurement and useful conversions 451
App. 3 Physical and astronomical constants 453
App. 4 Astronomical magnitude scale and its relation to lux and watts 455
App. 5 Basic observational astronomy facts 458
App. 6 Typical CCD clock voltages 463
App. 7 Detector suppliers and camera manufacturers 464
Index 467
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