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Thorough introduction to radio telescopes and techniques for students and researchers turning to radio astronomy for the first time
Written by two prominent figures in radio astronomy, this well-established, graduate-level textbook is a thorough introduction to radio telescopes and techniques. It is an invaluable overview for students and researchers turning to radio astronomy for the first time. The first half of the book describes how radio telescopes work - from basic antennas and single aperture dishes through to full aperture-synthesis arrays. It includes reference material on the fundamentals of astrophysics and observing techniques.
The second half of the book reviews radio observations of our galaxy, stars, pulsars, radio galaxies, quasars, and the cosmic microwave background. This third edition describes the applications of fundamental techniques to newly developing radio telescopes, including ATA, LOFAR, MWA, SKA, and ALMA, which all require an understanding of aspects specific to radio astronomy.
Two entirely new chapters now cover cosmology, from the fundamental concepts to the most recent results of WMAP.
Table of Contents
- The nature of the radio signal
- Signals, noise, radiometers and spectrometers
- Single-aperture radio telescopes
- The two-element interferometer
- Aperture synthesis
- Radiation, propagation and absorption of radio waves
- The local universe
- The interstellar medium
- Galactic dynamics
- Radio galaxies and quasars
- Cosmology fundamentals
- The angular structure of the CMB
- Cosmology: discrete radio sources and gravitational lensing
- The future of radio astronomy
The author Bernard F. Burke is Professor of Astrophysics, Emeritus in the Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the co-discoverer of radio noise from Jupiter, and he was later involved in the development of very-long-baseline interferometry.
The author Francis Graham-Smith is an Emeritus Professor at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester. He has been Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and was the 13th Astronomer Royal.