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Author Condon, J. J. (James Justin), 1945- author

Title Essential radio astronomy / James J. Condon and Scott M. Ransom
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 361 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of color plates) : illustrations
Series Princeton series in modern observational astronomy
Princeton series in modern observational astronomy.
Contents Introduction -- Radiation Fundamentals -- Radio Telescopes and Radiometers -- Free-Free Radiation -- Synchrotron Radiation -- Pulsars -- Spectral Lines -- Fourier Transforms -- Mathematical Derivations -- Special Relativity -- Wave Propagation in a Plasma -- Essential Equations -- Constants, Units, and Dimensions -- Symbols and Abbreviations -- References and Links
Summary "Essential Radio Astronomy is the only textbook on the subject specifically designed for a one-semester introductory course for advanced undergraduates or graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics. It starts from first principles in order to fill gaps in students' backgrounds, make teaching easier for professors who are not expert radio astronomers, and provide a useful reference to the essential equations used by practitioners. This unique textbook reflects the fact that students of multiwavelength astronomy typically can afford to spend only one semester studying the observational techniques particular to each wavelength band. Essential Radio Astronomy presents only the most crucial concepts--succinctly and accessibly. It covers the general principles behind radio telescopes, receivers, and digital backends without getting bogged down in engineering details. Emphasizing the physical processes in radio sources, the book's approach is shaped by the view that radio astrophysics owes more to thermodynamics than electromagnetism. Proven in the classroom and generously illustrated throughout, Essential Radio Astronomy is an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-356) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 14, 2017)
Subject Astronomy.
Radio astronomy.
Form Electronic book
Author Ransom, Scott M., author
ISBN 1400881161 (electronic bk.)
9781400881161 (electronic bk.)