700 pages | 4 Color Illus. | 300 B/W Illus.
As demonstrated by five Nobel Prizes in physics, radio astronomy has contributed greatly to our understanding of the Universe. Yet for too long, there has been no comprehensive textbook on radio astronomy for undergraduate students.
This two-volume set of introductory textbooks is exclusively devoted to radio astronomy, with extensive discussions of telescopes, observation methods, and astrophysical processes that are relevant for this exciting field.
The first volume, Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Observational Methods, discusses radio astronomy instrumentation and the techniques to conduct successful observations. The second volume, Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Astrophysics, discusses the physical processes that give rise to radio emission, presents examples of astronomical objects that emit by these mechanisms, and illustrates how the relevant physical parameters of astronomical sources can be obtained from the radio observations.
Requiring no prior knowledge of astronomy, the two volumes are ideal textbooks for radio astronomy courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, particularly those that emphasize radio wavelength instrumentation and observational techniques or the astrophysics of radio sources. The set enables instructors to pick and choose topics from the two volumes that best fit their courses.
Observational Methods and Astrophysics - Two Volume Set
Volumen One: Observational Methods
Chapter 1. Introductory Material
Chapter 2. Introduction to Radiation Physics
Chapter 3. Radio Telescopes
Chapter 4. Single-Dish Radio Telescope Observations
Chapter 5. Aperture Synthesis Basics: Two-Element Interferometers
Chapter 6. Aperture Synthesis: Advanced Discussion
Volume Two: Astrophysics
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Propagation of Radiation
Chapter 3. Continuum Emission Processes
Chapter 4. Spectral Lines
Chapter 5. The Cold Interstellar Medium of the Milky Way
Chapter 6. HII Regions and Planetary Nebulae at Radio Wavelengths
Chapter 7. Radio Emission from Stellar Objects
Chapter 8. Galaxies at Radio Wavelengths
Chapter 9. Radio Galaxies and Quasars
Chapter 10. Cosmic Microwave Background
Questions and Problems appear at the end of each chapter.