7th Edition

Astrophysical Techniques

By C.R. Kitchin Copyright 2021
    466 Pages 238 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    466 Pages 238 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Long used in undergraduate and introductory graduate courses, Astrophysical Techniques, Seventh Edition provides an accessible yet comprehensive account of the innovate instruments, detectors, and techniques employed in astronomy and astrophysics. Emphasizing the underlying unity of all astronomical observations, this popular textbook provides a coherent state-of-the-art account of the instruments and techniques used in current astronomy and astrophysics.

    Fully updated throughout, this seventh edition builds upon the sixth edition, covering improved techniques and cutting-edge methods in the field, as well as other exciting new developments in gravitational waves, dark matter and energy, the use of photonics, and astronomy education and outreach, in addition to further detailed discussions on the latest scientific instruments and individual detectors.

    The book is written in a very accessible manner, and most of the mathematics is accessible to those who have attended a mathematics course in their final years at school. Nevertheless, the treatment of the topics in general is at a sufficiently high level to be of use to those professionals seeking technical information in areas of astronomy with which they might not be completely familiar.

    Key Features:

    • Details the instrumentation and theory of astronomical observations, including radio waves, gamma rays, cosmic rays, neutrinos, gravitational waves and dark matter and energy and more
    • Presents the background theory and operating practice of state-of-the-art detectors and instruments
    • Fully updated to contain the latest technology and research developments

    Chapter 1. Detectors

    Chapter 2. Imaging

    Chapter 3. Photometry

    Chapter 4. Spectroscopy

    Chapter 5. Other Techniques


    Chris is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Hertfordshire and a freelance writer of astrophysics text books. From 1987 to 2001 he was Director of the University's Observatory at Bayfordbury and from 1996 to 2001 also Head of the Division of Physics and Astronomy. He took early retirement in 2001 in order to concentrate on his writing interests. Chris has written sixteen books as sole author and contributed to another dozen or so, as well as writing hundreds of articles covering interests ranging from popular to specialist research.