Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (Hardback)
  • Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (Hardback)

Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (Hardback)

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Hardback 715 Pages / Published: 09/05/2001
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Comprehensive, authoritative coverage of interferometric techniques for radio astronomy

In this Second Edition of Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy, three leading figures in the development of large imaging arrays, including very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI), describe and explain the technology that provides images of the universe with an angular resolution as fine as 1/20,000 of an arcsecond.

This comprehensive volume begins with a historical review followed by detailed coverage of the theory of interferometry and synthesis imaging, analysis of interferometer response, geometrical relationships, polarimetry, antennas, and arrays. Discussion of the receiving system continues with analysis of the response to signals and noise, analog design requirements, and digital signal processing.

The authors detail special requirements of VLBI including atomic frequency standards, broadband recording systems, and antennas in orbit. Further major topics include:
Calibration of data and synthesis of images
Image enhancement using nonlinear algorithms
Techniques for astrometry and geodesy
Propagation in the neutral atmosphere and ionized media
Radio interference
Related techniques: intensity interferometry, moon occultations, antenna holography, and optical interferometry

Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy, Second Edition is comprehensive in that it provides an excellent overview of most radio astronomical instrumentation and techniques.

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9780471254928
Number of pages: 715
Weight: 1304 g
Dimensions: 247 x 179 x 43 mm
Edition: 2nd Edition

"this edition meets current demands by providing a comprehensive account of the techniques used today." (La Doc STI, May 2001)

"...the up-to-date edition of Thompson...with its exhaustive bibliography, becomes the indispensable source of background for those already in, or considering, radio astronomy." (The Observatory, Vol. 122, No. 1166, February 2002)

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