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© 1998

Observational Astrophysics

Benefits

  • There are only few textbooks devoted to observational techniques in astronomy.

  • This is written by an internationally well-known astronomer and already the first edition is seen by some as a classic.

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 1-30
  3. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 31-77
  4. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 79-106
  5. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 107-195
  6. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 197-254
  7. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 255-288
  8. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 289-383
  9. Pierre Léna, François Lebrun, François Mignard
    Pages 385-418
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 419-512

About this book

Introduction

Written specifically for physicists and graduate students in astronomy, this textbook focuses on astronomical observation and on the basic physical principles that astronomers use to conceive, build and exploit their instruments at their ultimate limits in sensitivity or resolution. This second edition has been entirely restructured and almost doubled in size, in order to improve its clarity and to account for the great progress achieved in the last 15 years. It deals with ground-based and space-based astronomy and their respective fields. It presents the new generation of giant ground-based telescopes, with the new methods of optical interferometry and adaptive optics, and also the ambitious concepts behind planned space missions for the next decades. Avoiding particulars, it covers the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum, and touches upon the "new astronomies" becoming possible with gravitational waves and neutrinos.

Keywords

astrophysics electromagnetic radiation gravitational waves modern image detectors neutrinos observational astrophysics optical interferometry spatial interferometry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire de Paris-MeudonUniversité de Paris VIIMeudon Principal CedexFrance
  2. 2.Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique/SaclayDSM/DAPNIA/SApGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance
  3. 3.Observatoire de la Côte d’AzurCentre de Recherche en Géodynamique et AstrométrieGrasseFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Observational Astrophysics
  • Authors Pierre Lena
    Francois Lebrun
    Francois Mignard
  • Series Title Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-03685-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-63482-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08336-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-03685-3
  • Series ISSN 0941-7834
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XV, 512
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition by InterEditions, Paris, France
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
    Geophysics/Geodesy
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Reviews

FROM REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION
"Virtually any kind of observation that could be considered astronomical is discussed ... Could be of real value to theoretical astrophysicists who want a concise introduction to the theory of a wide diversity of astronomical techniques (...) This is not a handbook for observers. It is a broader reference for students, active researchers, and anyone who wants a detailed look at the tools of modern astronomy..."
PHYSICS TODAY

FROM THE REVIEWS:

REVIEWS OF ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS
"Considering all the new information included, i.e. in the field of neutrino astronomy and the study of gravitational waves, the new edition of this book is really a very useful tool and textbook for physicists, astronomers and graduate students in these fields.”

SCIENCE MAGAZINE
"The descriptions, necessarily somewhat brief, are sufficiently detailed and well illustrated to inform the reader about the internal workings of each detector and what it is good for. Many useful graphs, typically with log scales that span several decades, compare the capabilities of alternative instrumentation…This is not a handbook for observers. It is a broader text and reference work for students, active researchers, or anyone who wants a detailed look at the tools of modern astronomy…this book can inform contemporary observers about the ingenious variety of those remote detectors that feed their terminals with images and spectra of the cosmos.”