Astronomical Measurement: A Concise Guide

Astronomical Measurement: A Concise Guide

by Andy Lawrence

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014)

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This book on astronomical measurement takes a fresh approach to teaching the subject. After discussing some general principles, it follows the chain of measurement through atmosphere, imaging, detection, spectroscopy, timing, and hypothesis testing. The various wavelength regimes are covered in each section, emphasising what is the same, and what is different. The author concentrates on the physics of detection and the principles of measurement, aiming to make this logically coherent.
The book is based on a short self contained lecture course for advanced undergraduate students developed and taught by the author over several years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783662509067
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Series: Springer Praxis Books
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Andy Lawrence is the Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), observational cosmology, survey astronomy, and e-science (the Virtual Observatory). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Signal, Distortion, and Noise.- The atmosphere and how to avoid it.- Mapping the Sky.- Detection of Light.- Spectroscopy.- Overview of Statistics.- Basic orbital mechanics.- References.- Glossary.- Solutions.- Index.

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