Spectroscopy: The Key to the Stars: Reading the Lines in Stellar Spectra / Edition 1

Spectroscopy: The Key to the Stars: Reading the Lines in Stellar Spectra / Edition 1

by Keith Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387367861

ISBN-13: 9780387367866

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Springer New York

This is the first non-technical book on spectroscopy written specifically for practical amateur astronomers. It includes all the science necessary for a qualitative understanding of stellar spectra, but avoids a mathematical treatment which would alienate many of its intended readers. Any amateur astronomer who carries out observational spectroscopy and who wants a

Overview

This is the first non-technical book on spectroscopy written specifically for practical amateur astronomers. It includes all the science necessary for a qualitative understanding of stellar spectra, but avoids a mathematical treatment which would alienate many of its intended readers. Any amateur astronomer who carries out observational spectroscopy and who wants a non-technical account of the physical processes which determine the intensity and profile morphology of lines in stellar spectra will find this is the only book written specially for them. It is an ideal companion to existing books on observational amateur astronomical spectroscopy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387367866
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

Spectroscopy—A New Golden Age for Amateur Astronomy.- The Basic Stuff—Light Radiation and Atoms.- Behind the Lines—The Magnificent Energy Level Structure of an Atom.- Our Old Friend the Doppler Effect.- When Is a Spectral Line Not a Spectral Line?.- Stellar Spectra and That Famous Mnemonic.- Cool but not Smooth—The Molecular Spectra of Red Stars.- Glows in the Dark—Emission Lines and Nebulae.- Glowing Vortices—Accretion Disks.- The P Cygni Profile and Friends.- Spectral Magnetism—The Zeeman Effect.- ‘How Much Gold in Them There Stars?’—The Curve of Growth.

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