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Fundamentals of radio astronomy : observational methods

Author: Jonathan M Marr; Ronald Lee Snell; Stanley Kurtz
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2016] ©2016
Series: Series in astronomy and astrophysics.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan M Marr; Ronald Lee Snell; Stanley Kurtz
ISBN: 9781498770194 1498770193
OCLC Number: 958800564
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF.
Contents: Introductory Material; Brief History of Radio Astronomy; Some Fundamentals of Radio Waves; Finding Our Way in the Sky; Basic Structure of a Traditional Radio Telescope; Radio Maps Introduction to Radiation Physics; Measures of the Amount of Radiation; Blackbody Radiation; Rayleigh-Jeans Approximation; Brightness Temperature; Coherent Radiation; Interference of Light; Polarization of Radiation Radio Telescopes; Radio Telescope Reflectors, Antennas, and Feeds; Heterodyne Receivers; Noise, Noise Temperature, And Antenna Temperature; Bolometer Detectors; Spectrometers; Very Low-Frequency Radio Astronomy Single-Dish Radio Telescope Observations; Basic Measurements with a Single-Dish Telescope; Antenna Beam; Observing Resolved versus Unresolved Sources; Spectral-Line Observations; Obtaining Radio Images; Calibration of a Radio Telescope; Telescope Sensitivity Considerations in Planning an Observation; Polarization Calibration Aperture Synthesis Basics: Two-Element Interferometers; Why Aperture Synthesis?; Two-Element Interferometer; Observations of a Single Point Source; Fringe Function; Visibility Function; Observations of a Pair of Unresolved Sources; Observations of a Single Extended Source; Coherence and the Effects of Finite Bandwidth and Integration Time; Basic Principles of Interferometry Aperture Synthesis: Advanced Discussion; Cross-Correlation of Received Signals; Complex-Valued Cross Correlation; Complex Correlation of a Point Source at a Single Frequency; Extended Sources and the Fourier Transform; Fourier Transforms for Some Common Source Shapes; Three Dimensions, the Earth's Rotation, and the Complex Fringe Function; Nonzero Bandwidth and Finite Integration Time; Source Structure and the Visibility Function; The Earth's Rotation and uv Tracks; Interferometers as Spatial Filters; Sensitivity and Detection Limits; Calibration; Image Formation; Very Long Baseline Interferometry Appendices Questions and Problems appear at the end of each chapter.
Series Title: Series in astronomy and astrophysics.
Responsibility: Jonathan M. Marr, Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA, Ronald L. Snell, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, Stanley E. Kurtz, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

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