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Radio Astronomy (Hardcover) (Ph.D. Shubhendu Joardar & Ph.D. James R. Claycomb)

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Designed for a course in radio astronomy or for use as a reference for practicing engineers and astronomers, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the topic. Application boxes in each chapter cover topics like LOFAR, DSN, and VLBI. The book begins with the history of radio astronomy, then explains the fundamentals, polarization, designing radio telescopes, understanding radio arrays, interferometers, receiving systems, mapping techniques, image processing and propagation effects in relation to radio astronomy. A special chapter in the end presents the GMRT radio array as an example of the explained techniques.Features:•Includes context-connection boxes, including NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) the South Pole Telescope (SPT), the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), pulsar dispersion and distance, and plane waves in conducting and dielectric media•Contains several appendices including radiation potential formalism, the physics of radio spectral lines, anda table of world radio observatories•View the comprehensive companion disc with hundreds of color images and figures from the text

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