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Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy : Observational Methods (Hardcover) (Jonathan M. Marr & Ronald L. Snell
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As the first of two volumes, Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Observational Methods is designed for undergraduate physics majors with no prior knowledge of astronomy. It explains the instrumentation and observational methods needed to make successful observations in radio astronomy. With examples interspersed throughout and problems at the end of each chapter, the textbook trains students so that they can contribute to a radio astronomy research team.
The book starts with a review of the relevant astronomy basics and then discusses radiation physics, the radio telescope detection process, important aspects of radio telescopes, and how to make successful observations. It finishes with two chapters on interferometry. A set of complementary labs is provided online.
Since the Haystack Observatory made inexpensive radio telescopes available in the last decade, attention to radio astronomy has increased. The field of radio astronomy reveals that much of what is known about the universe has been learned through the careful application of physics and the interpretation of detected signals. This textbook provides an extensive introduction to the subject of radio astronomy. The first part of the text focuses on instrumentation, with discussions on both single-dish radio telescopes and telescope arrays. The second part reviews the diverse areas of radio astrophysics and provides key findings from radio astronomical research studies.