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Singularity theory and gravitational lensing

Author: Arlie O Petters; Harold Levine; Joachim Wambsganss
Publisher: Boston : Birkhäuser, ©2001.
Series: Progress in mathematical physics, v. 21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This monograph develops a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing. The theory applies to any finite number of deflector planes and highlights the distinctions between single and multiple plane lensing." "Examples, illustrations, bibliography and index make this a suitable text for an undergraduate/graduate course, seminar, or independent thesis project on gravitational lensing. The book is also a reference  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arlie O Petters; Harold Levine; Joachim Wambsganss
ISBN: 0817636684 9780817636685 3764336684 9783764336684 9781461266334 1461266335
OCLC Number: 46472199
Description: xii, 603 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Historical highlights --
Central problems --
Astrophysical aspects --
Basic physical concepts --
Physical applications --
Observations of gravitational lensing --
Mathematical aspects --
Time delay and lensing maps --
Critical points and stability --
Classification and genericity of stable lens systems --
Local lensing geometry --
Morese inequalities --
Counting lensed images: single-plane case --
Counting lensed images: multiplane case --
Total magnification --
Computing the euler characteristic --
Global geometry of caustics.
Series Title: Progress in mathematical physics, v. 21.
Responsibility: Arlie O. Petters, Harold Levine, Joachim Wambsganss.
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This monograph is the first to develop a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing. Part III employs the ideas and results of singularity theory to put gravitational lensing on a rigorous  Read more...

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