After Observation: Data Analysis

  • Rosa PoggianiEmail author
Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)


This chapter describes the techniques of data reduction and analysis for different astronomical observations. A short primer in statistics and signal processing is given. Then, the techniques used for optical photometric and spectroscopic data, radio data, and interferometric data are presented.


Dispersion Axis Flat Field Interactive Data Language Interferometric Data Science Target 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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