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Excursions in Astronomical Optics

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These "excursions" into astronomical optics discuss innovative, often radical, suggestions for the design of optical instruments. Providing a storehouse of ideas and approaches not available elsewhere, Mertz suggests opportunities for further exploration and development rather than proven solutions. Covering a wide array of topics, from x-ray telescopes to gravitational lenses and from microscope objectives to Fourier transform spectroscopy, the excursions share a common thread of optical science related to ...

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Overview

These "excursions" into astronomical optics discuss innovative, often radical, suggestions for the design of optical instruments. Providing a storehouse of ideas and approaches not available elsewhere, Mertz suggests opportunities for further exploration and development rather than proven solutions. Covering a wide array of topics, from x-ray telescopes to gravitational lenses and from microscope objectives to Fourier transform spectroscopy, the excursions share a common thread of optical science related to astronomy. The book should thus interest researchers and graduate students in astronomy, optics, and optical engineering. Appendices provide Fortran code for some of the design techniques discussed in the book and for Monte Carlo image synthesis.

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THE OBSERVATORY MAGAZINE
"Suffice is to say that this is proper physics, and is original and creative and is original and creative. Proper physics, because the ideas are basic and highly intellectual, backed up by algebraic and quantitative analysis, with examples of possible application, and in some cases with supporting experiments and short segments of computer code. Creative, because there are insights, appearing fundamental and full of potential… So what do we do with ideas? Each scientist has to answer this question personally. Larry Mertz has answered it for himself with this book, to the immediate and enduring benefit of others in astronomical optics.”

REVIEWS OF ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS
"…a collection of interesting thoughts and considerations to different types of telescopes. The book is a very good source for ideas and new approaches to the general topic…The book is an interesting and very new kind of approach to this topic…”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461275220
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Optical Telescopes.- Modest Telescopes.- Large Telescopes.- Fixed Spherical Primary.- Optical Design.- Dihedral Remedy.- Microscope Objectives.- Telescope Correction.- Alternative Prescriptions.- Geometric Variants.- 2. X-ray Telescopes.- Coded Aperture Imaging.- Moiré Telescopes.- Rotation Modulation Collimator.- Rotational Aperture Synthesis.- Monte Carlo Simulation.- Upscale Rendering.- 3. Interferometry.- Triphase Reception.- Unwrapping and Filtering.- Substantial Intensities.- Flash Conversion.- Angle Encoder.- Oversampling.- Second-oder Filtering.- Analog Comparison.- Stellar Interferometry.- More Applications.- Quantum Ramifications.- 4. Image Sensing.- Imaging Photon Counters.- Heterodyne Detectors.- Fourier Tracking.- Image Stabilization.- Wavefront Tilt Sensors.- Interferometric Wavefront Sensing.- Prismatic Wavefront Tilt Sensor.- Holographic Wavefront Tilt Sensor.- Wavefront Curvature Sensing.- Prismatic Variants.- 5. Spectroscopy.- Following Dyson.- Following Offner.- Whispering Galleries.- Fourier Transform Spectroscopy.- Nonlinear Analyses.- 6. Pulsars.- Cavity Clocking.- Degenerate Dwarfs.- Period Distribution.- Period-luminosity Cutoff.- Short Periods.- Slowdowns.- Energy and Pumping.- Pulse Formation.- Mode-hopping.- Polarization.- Visible and X-ray Pulses.- Jovian Decametric Emission.- Summary.- 7. Quasars.- Superluminal Illusion.- Gravitational Lensing.- Experimental Simulation.- Brightness Fluctuations.- Distance Scale Corruption.- Foreground Localization.- Gravitational Amplification.- Appendix 1.- Appendix 2.

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