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Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (Hardcover) (A. Richard Thompson & James M. Moran & Jr.
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The third edition of this indispensable book in radio interferometry is extensively updated and made available as an open access book to anyone who uses its techniques in astronomy, astrometry, geodesy or electrical engineering.With its comprehensiveness and detailed exposition of all aspects of the theory and practice of radio interferometry and synthesis mapping, this book has established itself as a standard reference in the field. It begins with an overview of radio astronomy basics, a short history of the development of radio interferometry and a discussion of the operation of an interferometer. From this foundation, it delves into the underlying relationships of interferometry, sets forth the coordinate systems and parameters that are required to describe synthesis mapping and examines configurations of antennas for multi-element synthesis arrays. Various aspects of the design and response of receiving systems are discussed, as well as the special requirements of very-long-baseline interferometry (VLBI), the derivation of radio maps, recent developments in image enhancements and astrometric observations. Also discussed are propagation effects in the media between the source and the observer,and radio interference, which are factors that may limit performance. Related techniques are introduced, including intensity interferometry, speckle interferometry and lunar occultations.
Updated information unique to this edition includes results from the past decade, discussion of the Fast Fourier Transform array, an analysis of factors that affect array speed and an expanded discussion of scintillation phenomenon and the effects of atmospheric water vapor on image distortion, among many other topics.
Series Title: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: A. Richard Thompson & James M. Moran & Jr. George W. Swenson
Street Date: March 3, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-5342