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Astronomy at High Angular Resolution

A Compendium of Techniques in the Visible and Near-Infrared

  • Henri M. J. Boffin
  • Gaitee Hussain
  • Jean-Philippe Berger
  • Linda Schmidtobreick
  • Covers in a comprehensive way all of the astronomical high-angular resolution techniques that will become more and more important

  • Prepares a next generation of astronomers on how to apply high-resolution techniques

  • Informs readers how to achieve micro-arcsecond angular resolution

  • Updates and puts in a broader context the seminal book by Boffin et al. (2001) - Astrotomography


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 439)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Wolfgang Brandner, Felix Hormuth
    Pages 1-16
  3. Julien Milli, Dimitri Mawet, David Mouillet, Markus Kasper, Julien H. Girard
    Pages 17-41
  4. Michael J. Ireland
    Pages 43-57
  5. Jean-Baptiste Le Bouquin
    Pages 59-73
  6. Petr Hadrava
    Pages 113-135
  7. Alain Jorissen, Sophie Van Eck, Kateryna Kravchenko
    Pages 137-153
  8. Raymundo Baptista
    Pages 155-177
  9. Thomas R. Marsh, Axel D. Schwope
    Pages 195-222
  10. Julien Morin, Colin Alastair Hill, Christopher Allan Watson
    Pages 223-248
  11. Misty C. Bentz
    Pages 249-266
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 267-274

About this book


This book offers an essential compendium of astronomical high-resolution techniques. Recent years have seen considerable developments in such techniques, which are critical to advances in many areas of astronomy. As reflected in the book, these techniques can be divided into direct methods, interferometry, and reconstruction methods, and can be applied to a huge variety of astrophysical systems, ranging from planets, single stars and binaries to active galactic nuclei, providing angular resolution in the micro- to tens of milliarcsecond scales. Written by experts in their fields, the chapters cover adaptive optics, aperture masking imaging, spectra disentangling, interferometry, lucky imaging, Roche tomography, imaging with interferometry, interferometry of AGN, AGN reverberation mapping, Doppler- and magnetic imaging of stellar surfaces, Doppler tomography, eclipse mapping, Stokes imaging, and stellar tomography.


This book is intended to enable a next generation of astronomers to apply high-resolution techniques. It informs readers on how to achieve the best angular resolution in the visible and near-infrared regimes from diffraction-limited to micro-arcsecond scales.


AGN reverberation Adaptive optics Astronomical Instrumentation Astronomical high-resolution techniques Astrotomography Doppler Tomography Interferometry in astronomy Milli- and micro-arcsecond imaging Observational techniques Stokes Imaging stellar surface interferometry visible and near-IR astronomy visible and near-IR observations

Editors and affiliations

  • Henri M. J. Boffin
    • 1
  • Gaitee Hussain
    • 2
  • Jean-Philippe Berger
    • 3
  • Linda Schmidtobreick
    • 4
  1. 1.ESO VitacuraSantiago de ChileChile
  2. 2.ESOGarchingGermany
  3. 3.ESO VitacuraSantiago de ChileChile
  4. 4.ESO VitacuraSantiago de ChileChile

About the editors

The editors of the book, H.M.J. Boffin, J.P. Berger, G. Hussain, and K. Schmidtobreick, all ESO staff, are experts in high-resolution astronomy. H. Boffin has extensive experience in editing books, including “Astrotomography” in the Springer Series Lecture Notes in Physics (2004) and “The Ecology of Blue Straggler Stars” published in the Springer series Astrophysics and Space Science Library (2015).

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“Its thirteen chapters, written by specialists in their particular area, provide overviews of techniques within the overarching theme of high spatial resolution in the visible and near-IR. ... this compendium offers up a smorgasbord of enticements into new realms of exploration utilizing exciting instruments and the cleverest of analyses of their data. For some, this work will serve as their embarkation upon deeper treatments towards a potentially career-inspiring journey.” (Harold A. McAlister, The Observatory, Vol. 137 (1260), October, 2017)