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Observing far-infrared and submillimeter continuum emission

  • J. P. Emerson
Part II. Techniques in Infrared and mm-Wave Astronomy
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 431)

Abstract

Observational techniques in far-IR (space and airborne) and submm (ground based) continuum astronomy are discussed with emphasis on general observational issues rather than on the detailed workings of instruments. Instruments are treated as black boxes whose characteristics must be well known by the observer, or user of data from the instrument. The material is aimed at an astrophysicist unfamiliar with observing in this wavelength region and wanting to understand the operation and limitations of, and so make optimum use of, the capabilities of available instrumentation. The difficulties involved in making such observations are pointed out, and some guidance given on how to deal with them.

Keywords

Maximum Entropy Method Precipitable Water Vapour Atmospheric Transmission Noise Equivalent Power Effective Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Emerson
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  1. 1.Department of Physics Queen Mary & Westfield CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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