Optical Astronomical Spectroscopy

Optical Astronomical Spectroscopy

by C. R. Kitchin, Kitchin
     
 

This concise, readable book is written for the newcomer to astronomical spectroscopy and assumes no previous specialist knowledge on the part of the reader. Starting from the physical background to spectroscopy, with clear explanation of energy levels and spectroscopic notation, the book goes on to introduce the main techniques of optical spectroscopy and the range… See more details below

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This concise, readable book is written for the newcomer to astronomical spectroscopy and assumes no previous specialist knowledge on the part of the reader. Starting from the physical background to spectroscopy, with clear explanation of energy levels and spectroscopic notation, the book goes on to introduce the main techniques of optical spectroscopy and the range of instrumentation that is available. The applications of spectroscopy in modern astronomy are then set out: the Solar System, stars, nebulae, the interstellar medium, galaxies, all described with a clarity and directness that give the book an immediate appeal to the beginner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750303453
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.73(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction to Spectroscopy1
2The Physics of Atoms and Molecules14
3Atomic Energy Levels28
4Transitions46
5Spectra of Molecules68
6Radiation in the Presence of Fields91
7Spectroscopy of Solid Materials110
8Optical Spectroscopes119
9Specialized Optical Spectroscopic Techniques for Astronomy156
10Examples of Optical Spectroscopes168
11Spectral Classification189
12Radial Velocities202
13Spectrophotometry212
14Stars227
15Planets and other Minor Bodies of the Solar System238
16Nebulae and the Interstellar Medium242
17Extra-Galactic Objects248
App. A Conversion Formulae253
App. B Term Formation of Equivalent Electrons254
App. C Bibliography256
App. D Constants261
Index262

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