Astronomical Maser Radiation

  • Moshe Elitzur
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 170)


Before embarking on a discussion of maser radiation in astronomy we have to familiarize ourselves with the energy level structure of the maser molecules. This section presents the essential features of the relevant molecular spectra. A comprehensive treatment can be found in the book Microwave Spectroscopy by Townes and Schawlow (1956).


Brightness Temperature Nuclear Spin Maser Line Energy Level Diagram Rotation Level 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Moshe Elitzur
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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