,This is the updated, widely revised, restructured and expanded third edition of Lena et al.'s successful work Observational Astrophysics. It presents a synthesis on tools and methods of observational astrophysics of the early 21st century. Written specifically for astrophysicists and graduate students, this textbook focuses on fundamental and sometimes practical limitations on the ultimate performance that an astromical system may reach, rather than presenting particular systems in detail. In little more than a decade there has been extraordinary progress in imaging and detection techlogies, in the fields of adaptive optics, optical interferometry, in the sub-millimetre waveband, observation of neutris, discovery of exoplanets, to name but a few examples. The work deals with ground-based and space-based astromy and their respective fields. And it also presents the ambitious concepts behind space missions aimed for the next decades. Avoiding particulars, it covers the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum, and provides an introduction to the new forms of astromy becoming possible with gravitational waves and neutris. It also treats numerical aspects of observational astrophysics: signal processing, astromical databases and virtual observatories.
Pierre Lena is emeritus professor of physics and astrophysics at the university of Paris Diderot-Paris 7 and researcher at the Observatoire de Paris. Daniel Rouan is a director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de Paris. He specialises in very high resolution imaging and develops new optical concepts for observation of exoplanets. Francois Lebrun is an engineer at the Commissariat a l'energie atomique. He has participated in major space astronomy missions, notably INTEGRAL. YOU COULD SAY ... an engineer at the French atomic energy authority (CEA). Francois Mignard is a director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur. He specialises in astrometry and has played a major role in the future European space mission GAIA. Didier Pelat is an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris. He teaches signal and image processing and has developed powerful mathematical tools for astronomical data processing.
Daniel Rouan, Didier Pelat, Francois Lebrun, Francois Mignard, Pierre Lena
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Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
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