Classics in Radio Astronomy

  • Woodruff Turner SullivanIII

Part of the Studies in the History of Modern Science book series (SHMS, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Galactic Background Radiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. The Beginning of Radio Astronomy

    3. First Maps of the Galaxy

      1. Grote Reber
        Pages 46-55
      2. Grote Reber
        Pages 56-60
      3. Grote Reber
        Pages 61-69
      4. Grote Reber
        Pages 70-79
    4. Free-Free Emission Theory

      1. L. G. Henyey, Philip C. Keenan
        Pages 81-87
    5. Synchrotron Radiation and Cosmic Rays

  3. Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-103
    2. The Dicke Radiometer

    3. The Phase-switched Interferometer

  4. The Solar System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-144
    2. Early Solar Searches

    3. Detection of the Sun

    4. First Solar Interferometry

      1. M. Ryle, D. D. Vonberg
        Pages 184-187
      2. L. L. McCready, J. L. Pawsey, Ruby Payne-Scott
        Pages 188-207
    5. The Hot Solar Corona

    6. Lunar Radiation

      1. Robert H. Dicke, Robert Beringer
        Pages 218-219
  5. Discrete Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-223
    2. Discovery and First Optical Identification

    3. Synchrotron Radiation

      1. H. Alfvén, N. Herlofson
        Pages 243-244
    4. Optical Identification of Cas A and Cyg A

    5. Source Structure

      1. R. Hanbury Brown, R. C. Jennison, M. K. Das Gupta
        Pages 275-281
      2. B. Y. Mills
        Pages 282-287
      3. F. G. Smith
        Pages 287-290
      4. R. C. Jennison, M. K. Das Gupta
        Pages 291-295
  6. Spectroscopy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-298
    2. Prediction of the 21 cm Hydrogen Line

      1. H. C. Van De Hulst
        Pages 302-316
    3. Prediction of Molecular Line Emission

    4. Discovery of the 21 cm Hydrogen Line

  7. The Solar System

    1. Detection of the Sun

      1. G. C. Southworth
        Pages 350-350
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 337-349

About this book


Radio techniques were the nrst to lead astronomy away from the quiescent and limited Universe revealed by traditional observations at optical wave­ lengths. In the earliest days of radio astronomy, a handful of radio physicists and engineers made one startling discovery after another as they opened up the radio sky. With this collection of classic papers and the extensive intro­ ductory material, the reader can experience these exciting discoveries, as well as understand the developing techniques and follow the motivations which prompted the various lines of inquiry. For instance he or she will follow in detail the several attempts to detect radio waves from the sun at the turn of the century; the unravelling by Jansky of a "steady hiss type static"; the incredible story of Reber who built a 9 meter dish in his backyard in 1937 and then mapped the Milky Way; the vital discoveries by Hey and colleagues of radio bursts from the Sun and of a discrete source in the constellation of Cygnus; the development of receivers and interferometry in the post-war years by the groups led by Ryle in Cambridge and Pawsey in Sydney; the nrst measurements and exciting identiftcations of Taurus A (the Crab Nebula), Centaurus A, Virgo A, Cassiopeia A, and Cygnus A, the last opening the neld of radio cosmology; the early development of synchroton theory; and the prediction and discovery seven years later of the 21 cm line of neutral hy­ drogen.


astronomy cosmic ray cosmology interferometry milky way moon radio astronomy solar system spectroscopy sun universe

Authors and affiliations

  • Woodruff Turner SullivanIII
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of WashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7754-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7752-5
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