Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation / Edition 2

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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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Describes recent developments, from the invention of the charge- coupled device, or CCD, in 1970, through to the current era of Very Large Telescopes, and electronic imaging with space-borne instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Summarizes the development of modern instrumentation; describes the fundamentals of CCDs; outlines basic observational techniques; and reviews developments in CCD cameras, infrared arrays, laser guide stars, mirror fabrication for large telescopes, adaptive optics, electronic imaging, and the detectors used in ultraviolet and x-ray astronomy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"The book literally covers everything you ever wanted to know about the design and technology behind CCDs. Well written and informative, the book is littered with technical diagrams and useful equations for anyone interested in either developing their own CCD device or writing image processing algorithms and plug-ins. Not only that … this is a book that every university undergraduate studying instrumentation should probably have on their bookshelf." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, January, 2009)

"McLean … provides an excellent primer for those with a technical interest in these amazing devices. … the book is a compendium of astronomical methods and instrumentation. … McLean’s book … would be an excellent college-level resource. In fact, it should be on the shelf of anyone who wants a firm technical background in astronomical methods and instrumentation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)

"This is the second edition of a book whose purpose is to explain the workings of electronic detectors and instruments. … This ambitious book is in part an attempt to provide an overview of just what your strange-looking instrument is doing. … this is an excellent book, packed with information and written in a clear and accessible style which will make it invaluable to any student or supervisor. Highly recommended." (Paul O’Brien, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1210), June, 2009)

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Table of Contents

1. The development of electronic imaging in astronomy.- 2. Beating the atmosphere.- 3. Telescopes.- 4. The discovery power of modern astronomical instruments.- 5. Instrumentation and detectors.- 6. Designing and building astronomical instruments.- 7. Charge-coupled devices.- 8. Practical operation of CCDs.- 9. Characterization and calibration of array instruments.- 10. Image processing and analysis.- 11. Electronic imaging at infrared wavelengths.- 12. Electronic imaging at ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths.- 13. Electronic imaging at sub-millimeter and radio wavelengths.- 14 Future developments.

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