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Overview

High Time Resolution Astrophysics (HTRA) is an important new window to the universe and a vital tool in understanding a range of phenomena from diverse objects and radiative processes. This importance is demonstrated in this volume with the description of a number of topics in astrophysics, including quantum optics, cataclysmic variables, pulsars, X-ray binaries and stellar pulsations to name a few. Underlining this science foundation, technological developments in both instrumentation and detectors are described. These instruments and detectors combined cover a wide range of timescales and can measure fluxes, spectra and polarisation. These advances make it possible for HTRA to make a big contribution to our understanding of the Universe in the next decade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402065170
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/3/2007
  • Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library Series , #351
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

High Time Resolution Astrophysics and Pulsars Andrew Shearer 1

High Time Resolution Observations of Cataclysmic Variables S. P. Littlefair 21

High-Speed Optical Observations of X-ray Binaries Tariq Shahbaz 37

Stellar Pulsation, Subdwarf B Stars and High Time Resolution Astrophysics C. Simon Jeffery 53

High-Speed Optical Spectroscopy T. R. Marsh 75

Photonic Astronomy and Quantum Optics Dainis Dravins 95

ULTRACAM: An Ultra-Fast, Triple-Beam CCD Camera for High-Speed Astrophysics V. S. Dhillon 133

OPTIMA: A High Time Resolution Optical Photo-Polarimeter G. Kanbach A. Stefanescu S. Duscha M. M&uumlet;hlegger F. Schrey H. Steinle A. Slowikowska H. Spruit 153

From QuantEYE to AquEYE-Instrumentation for Astrophysics on its Shortest Timescales C. Barbieri G. Naletto F. Tamburini T. Occhipinti E. Giro M. D'Onofrio 171

Fast Spectroscopy and Imaging with the FORS2 HIT Mode Kieran O'Brien 187

An Ultra-High-Speed Stokes Polarimeter for Astronomy R. Michael Redfern Patrick P. Collins 205

Use of an Extremely Large Telescope for HTRA Oliver Ryan Mike Redfern 229

EMCCD Technology in High Precision Photometry on Short Timescales Niall Smith Alan Giltinan Aidan O'Connor Stephen O'Driscoll Adrian Collins Dylan Loughnan Andreas Papageorgiou 257

The Development of Avalanche Amplifying pnCCDs: A Status Report L. Str&uumlet;der G. Kanbach N. Meidinger F. Schopper R. Hartmann P. Holl H. Soltau R. Richter G. Lutz 281

Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiodes for High Time Resolution Astrophysics Don Phelan Alan P. Morrison 291

Transition Edge Cameras for Fast Optical Spectrophotometry Roger W. Romani Thomas J. Bay Jennifer Burney Blas Cabrera 311

Imaging Photon CountingDetectors for High Time Resolution Astronomy O. H. W. Siegmund J. V. Vallerga B. Welsh A. S. Tremsin J. B. McPhate 327

Index 345

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