Observational Astrophysics

  • Pierre Léna
  • Daniel Rouan
  • François Lebrun
  • François Mignard
  • Didier Pelat

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 3-37
    3. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 39-91
    4. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 93-125
    5. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 127-171
  3. Data Collection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 175-207
    3. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 209-322
    4. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 323-440
    5. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 441-506
  4. Data Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-507
    2. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 509-604
    3. Pierre Léna, Daniel Rouan, François Lebrun, François Mignard, Didier Pelat
      Pages 605-617
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 619-719

About this book

Introduction

This is the updated, widely revised, restructured and expanded third edition of Léna et al.'s successful work Observational Astrophysics. It presents a synthesis on tools and methods of observational astrophysics of the early 21st century. Written specifically for astrophysicists and graduate students, this textbook focuses on fundamental and sometimes practical limitations on the ultimate performance that an astronomical system may reach, rather than presenting particular systems in detail.
In little more than a decade there has been extraordinary progress in imaging and detection technologies, in the fields of adaptive optics, optical interferometry, in the sub-millimetre waveband, observation of neutrinos, discovery of exoplanets, to name but a few examples.
The work deals with ground-based and space-based astronomy and their respective fields. And it also presents the ambitious concepts behind space missions aimed for the next decades. Avoiding particulars, it covers the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum, and provides an introduction to the new forms of astronomy becoming possible with gravitational waves and neutrinos. It also treats numerical aspects of observational astrophysics: signal processing, astronomical databases and virtual observatories.

Keywords

active optics adopted astronomy textbook gravitational wave astronomy large telescope optics modern image detectors neutrino astronomy observational astrophysics optical astronomy space telescopes spatial interferometry telescope detectors

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre Léna
    • 1
  • Daniel Rouan
    • 2
  • François Lebrun
    • 3
  • François Mignard
    • 4
  • Didier Pelat
    • 5
  1. 1., Académie des sciencesDélégation à l'éducation et la formationParisFrance
  2. 2.Observatoire de Paris MeudonMeudonFrance
  3. 3., Centre d'études de SaclayCommissariat à l’Energie AtomiqueGif-sur-yvette Cedex, ParisFrance
  4. 4., CASSIOPEEObservatoire de la Côte d'AzurNice Cedex 4France
  5. 5.Observatoire de Paris MeudonMeudonFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21815-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-21814-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-21815-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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