The Analysis of Starlight: Two Centuries of Astronomical Spectroscopy

The Analysis of Starlight: Two Centuries of Astronomical Spectroscopy

by John B. Hearnshaw


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ISBN-13: 9781107031746
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

John Hearnshaw is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His research interests span stellar astrophysics, astronomical spectrographs, and the historical development of astrophysics. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand, a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and a Foreign Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London. Professor Hearnshaw is the author of four books and 200 papers in astronomical literature, and has served as editor for seven conference proceedings. He has held visiting positions at Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, Nagoya University, and National University of Mongolia, Ulaan Baatar. He has also served as Chair of IAU Program Group for the Worldwide Development of Astronomy, with lecture tours to Mongolia, Cuba, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Fiji and North Korea.

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition, 1986; Preface to the second edition; Acknowledgments for the first edition; Acknowledgments for the second edition; 1. Introduction to spectroscopy, spectroscopes and spectrographs; 2. The analysis of sunlight: the earliest pioneers; 3. The foundations of special analysis: from Fraunhofer to Kirchhoff; 4. Early pioneers in stellar spectroscopy; 5. Spectral classification at Harvard; 6. The doppler effect; 7. The interpretation of stellar spectra and the birth of astrophysics; 8. Spectral classification: from the Henry Draper catalogue to the MK-system and beyond; 9. Spectroscopy of peculiar stars; 10. Quantitative analysis of stellar spectra; 11. Some miscellaneous topics in stellar spectroscopy: individual stars of note, stellar chromospheres, interstellar lines and ultraviolet spectroscopy from space; Appendix A. List of solar lines designated by letters by Fraunhofer and others; Appendix B. Vogel's first spectral classification scheme of 1874; Indexes.

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