Tools of Radio Astronomy

  • Thomas L. Wilson
  • Kristen Rohlfs
  • Susanne Hüttemeister

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 1-24
  3. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 25-39
  4. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 41-59
  5. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 61-89
  6. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 91-135
  7. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 137-164
  8. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 165-197
  9. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 199-236
  10. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 237-288
  11. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 289-332
  12. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 333-391
  13. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 393-404
  14. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 405-437
  15. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 439-463
  16. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 465-497
  17. Thomas L. Wilson, Kristen Rohlfs, Susanne Hüttemeister
    Pages 499-555
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 557-609

About this book

Introduction

This 6th edition of “Tools of Radio Astronomy”, the most used introductory text in radio astronomy, has been revised to reflect the current state of this important branch of astronomy. This includes the use of satellites, low radio frequencies, the millimeter/sub-mm universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background and the increased importance of mm/sub-mm dust emission.

Several derivations and presentations of technical aspects of radio astronomy and receivers, such as receiver noise, the Hertz dipole and  beam forming have been updated, expanded, re-worked or complemented by alternative derivations. These reflect advances in technology.

The wider bandwidths of the Jansky-VLA and long wave arrays such as LOFAR and mm/sub-mm arrays such as ALMA required an expansion of the discussion of interferometers and aperture synthesis. Developments in data reduction algorithms have been included.

As a result of the large amount of data collected in the past 20 years, the discussion of solar system radio astronomy, dust emission, and radio supernovae has been revisited.

The chapters on spectral line emission have been updated to cover measurements of the neutral hydrogen radiation from the early universe as well as measurements with new facilities. Similarly the discussion of molecules in interstellar space has been expanded to include the molecular and dust emission from protostars and very cold regions.

Several worked examples have been added in the areas of  fundamental physics, such as pulsars.

Both students and practicing astronomers will appreciate this new up-to-date edition of Tools of Radio Astronomy.

Keywords

ALMA Astrophysics of Line Radiation Microwave Receiver Technology Millimeter and Sub-mm Arrays Radiation Processes Radio Antenna Arrays Radio Astronomy Radio Astronomy Textbook Radio Interferometer Telescope Design

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas L. Wilson
    • 1
  • Kristen Rohlfs
    • 2
  • Susanne Hüttemeister
    • 3
  1. 1.room 283 Code 7210Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Inst. AstrophysikRuhr-University-BochumBochumGermany
  3. 3.Zeiss Planetarium BochumBochumGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39950-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-39949-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-39950-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-9698
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