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© 2009

Tools of Radio Astronomy

Textbook

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 1-18
  3. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 19-37
  4. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 39-54
  5. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 55-78
  6. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 79-119
  7. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 121-143
  8. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 145-171
  9. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 173-200
  10. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 201-237
  11. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 239-276
  12. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 277-317
  13. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 319-328
  14. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 329-358
  15. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 359-386
  16. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 387-417
  17. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 419-462
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 463-517

About this book

Introduction

The recent years have seen breathtaking progress in technology, especially in the receiver and digital technologies relevant for radio astronomy, which has at the same time advanced to shorter wavelengths.

This is the updated and completely revised 5th edition of the most used introductory text in radio astronomy. It presents a unified treatment of the entire field from centimeter to sub-millimeter wavelengths. Topics covered include instruments, sensitivity considerations, observational methods and interpretations of the data recorded with both single dishes and interferometers. This text is useful to both students and experienced practicing astronomers. Besides making major updates and additions throughout the book, the authors have re-organized a number of chapters to more clearly separate basic theory from rapidly evolving practical aspects.

Further, problem sets have been added at the end of each chapter.

Keywords

ALMA Line Radiation Microwave Receiver Technology Radiation Processes Radio Astronomy Radio Interferometer Telescope Design instruments

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European Southern Observatory (ESO)Germany
  2. 2.Ruhr-University-Bochum Inst. AstrophysikGermany
  3. 3.Zeiss Planetarium BochumGermany

Bibliographic information

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Reviews

From the reviews of the fifth edition:

"A very significant change from earlier versions is the addition of problem sets at the ends of each of the 16 chapters … . the discussion of instrumentation and data collection and processing which looks forward to ALMA and the SKA, making the volume useful, the authors hope, for radio engineers (a grand old name, which they apply to Jansky and Reber) as well as radio astronomers … . I’m sure you will find this iteration … as useful as the previous four." (Virginia Trimble, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1211), August, 2009)

"The publication of a fifth edition of Tools of Radio Astronomy is in itself proof of the success of the book. … will be useful to communication engineers, a claim about which one can have some reservations. … this up-to-date version will be of invaluable use to the observational astronomer. … provides a toolbox of essential material, in particular in the area of the analysis and interpretation of radio-astronomy observations. The book should be on the desk of every practicing radio astronomer … ." (Jacob W. M. Baars, The Radio Science Bulletin, Issue 330, September, 2009)