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Author Sutton, Edmund Charles.

Title Observational astronomy [electronic resource] : techniques and instrumentation / Edmund C. Sutton.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.


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 Axe ProQuest E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description xxiv, 394 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Astrophysical information; 2. Photometry; 3. Positional astronomy; 4. Fourier transforms; 5. Detection systems; 6. Orthodox statistics; 7. Stochastic processes and noise; 8. Optics; 9. Interference; 10. Spectroscopy; 11. UV, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy; 12. Radio receivers, spectrometers, and interferometers; 13. Modern statistical methods; 14. Neutrino detectors; 15. Cosmic ray detectors; 16. Gravitational waves; 17. Polarimetry; Index.
Summary "Astronomy is fundamentally an observational science and as such it is important for astronomers and astrophysicists to understand how their data are collected and analyzed. This book is a comprehensive review of current observational techniques and instruments. Featuring instruments such as Spitzer, Herschel, Fermi, ALMA, Super-Kamiokande, SNO, IceCube, the Auger Observatory, LIGO and LISA, the book discusses the capabilities and limitations of different types of instruments. It explores the sources and types of noise and provides statistical tools necessary for interpreting observational data. Due to the increasingly important role of statistical analysis, the techniques of Bayesian analysis are discussed, along with sampling techniques and model comparison. With topics ranging from fundamental subjects such as optics, photometry and spectroscopy, to neutrinos, cosmic rays and gravitational waves, this book is essential for graduate students in astronomy and physics"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Astronomy -- Textbooks.
Astronomy -- Observations -- Textbooks.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781107010468 (hardback)
9781139186056 (e-book)

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