Handbook of CCD Astronomy / Edition 2

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Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) are the state-of-the-art detector in many areas of observational science. Astronomy, physics, chemistry, medical imaging, and remote sensing are just a few of the fields of study in which they play a crucial role. This handbook provides a concise and accessible reference on all practical aspects of using CCDs. Starting with the electronic workings of CCDs, this handbook discusses their basic characteristics and then gives methods and examples of how to determine these values. While the focus of the book is on the use of CCDs in professional observational astronomy, advanced amateur astronomers, and researchers in physics, chemistry, medical imaging, and remote sensing will also find it very valuable. Tables of useful and hard-to-find data, and key practical equations round off the book and ensure that it provides an ideal introduction to the practical use of CCDs for graduate students, and a handy reference for more experienced users.
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‘[Howell’s] broad experience in CCD astronomy is evident throughout the book. Overall the book is well written and nicely printed … I highly recommend it for anyone interested in CCD astronomy.’ Ken Herkenhoff, EOS

‘It is an excellent book and can be recommended to all who value a clearly written explanation of CCD technology, and one that can also be regarded as relevant to applications other than astronomy.’ Imaging Science Journal

'… much of the text will be invaluable to amateurs … This is a slim paperback volume … but has a high quantum efficiency of content and should be on the bookshelf of every amateur who claims to take the application of CCDs seriously.' Webb Society Quarterly Journal

'The 2nd edition…provides a compact and very readable account of all the practical aspects of CCD cameras. …aimed both at the 'fresh' professional astronomer and at the seasoned amateur who would like to venture more deeply into this technology. …The tables and diagrams are plentiful, clear and useful. …hard facts are clearly explained and well presented for the serious astronomer.' Astronomy and Space

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. CCD manufacturing and operation
3. Characterization of charge-coupled devices
4. CCD imaging
5. Photometry and astronomy
6. Spectroscopy with CCDs
7. CCDs used in space and at short wavelengths
Appendix A: CCD reading list
Appendix B: CCD manufacturer and CCD website information
Appendix D: Some basics of image displays
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