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Astrometry for Astrophysics
Methods, Models, and Applications

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M. Perryman, L. Lindegren, N. Zacharias, S. Klioner, N. Capitaine, M. Stavinschi, P. Wallace, W. van Altena, E. Fomalont, A. Ghez, A. Glindermann, D. Schroeder, S. Howell, D. Rabinowitz, J. Anderson, J. Nuñez, Z. H. Tang, C. López, F. Benedict, B. McArthur, R. Méndez, E. Horch, D. Pourbaix, F. Mignard, A. Sozzetti, R. Easther
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  • Date Published: January 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521519205

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  • The field of astrometry, the precise measurement of the positions, distances and motions of astronomical objects, has been revolutionized in recent years. As we enter the high-precision era, it will play an increasingly important role in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. This edited text starts by looking at the opportunities and challenges facing astrometry in the twenty-first century, from space and ground. The new formalisms of relativity required to take advantage of micro-arcsecond astrometry are then discussed, before the reader is guided through the basic methods required to transform our observations from detected photons to the celestial sphere. The final section of the text shows how a variety of astronomical problems can be solved using astrometric methods. Bringing together work from a broad range of experts in the field, this is the most complete textbook on observational astrometry and is ideal for graduate students and researchers alike.

    • Provides a thorough introduction to astrometry, making it ideal for students with no prior background in the subject
    • Organized for use on a one-semester course that can be easily integrated into an astrophysics curriculum
    • Shows how a variety of astronomical problems can be solved using astrometric methods, serving to highlight astrometry's crucial role in the future of modern astrophysics
    • Written by worldwide experts in the field
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    '… there are some very good chapters included, giving detailed overviews of relativistic effects, interferometry, diffraction-limited imaging, CCD image detectors, etc., which all have their relevance in the subject, and make the book a useful reference or starting point for more detailed reading.' The Observatory

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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521519205
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 193 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 74 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Astrometry in the Twenty-First Century:
    1. Opportunities and challenges for astrometry in the twenty-first century M. Perryman
    2. Astrometric satellites L. Lindegren
    3. Ground-based opportunities for astrometry N. Zacharias
    Part II. Relativistic Foundations of Astrometry and Celestial Mechanics:
    4. Vectors in astrometry, an introduction L. Lindegren
    5. Relativistic principles of astrometry and celestial mechanics S. Klioner
    6. Celestial mechanics of the N-body problem S. Klioner
    7. Celestial coordinate systems and positions N. Capitaine and M. Stavinschi
    8. Fundamental algorithms for celestial coordinates and positions P. Wallace
    Part III. Observing through the Atmosphere:
    9. The Earth's atmosphere: refraction, turbulence, delays and limitations to astrometic precision W. van Altena and E. Fomalont
    10. Astrometry with ground-based diffraction-limited imaging A. Ghez
    11. Optical interferometry A. Glindermann
    12. Radio interferometry E. Fomalont
    Part VI. From Detected Photons to the Celestial Sphere:
    13. Geometrical optics and astrometry D. Schroeder
    14. CCD imaging detectors S. Howell
    15. Using CCDs in the time-delayed integration mode D. Rabinowitz
    16. Statistical astronomy A. Brown
    17. Analyzing poorly-sampled images: HST imaging astrometry J. Anderson
    18. Image deconvolution J. Nuñez
    19. From measures to celestial coordinates Z. H. Tang and W. van Altena
    20. Astrometric catalogs: concepts, history and necessity C. López
    21. Trigonometric parallaxes F. Benedict and B. McArthur
    Part V. Applications of Astrometry to Topics in Astrophysics:
    22. Galactic structure astrometry R. Méndez
    23. Binary and multiple stars E. Horch
    24. Binaries: HST, Hipparcos and Gaia D. Pourbaix
    25. Star clusters I. Platais
    26. Solar System astrometry F. Mignard
    27. Extrasolar planets A. Sozzetti
    28. Astrometric measurement and cosmology R. Easther
    Appendices
    Index.

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    William F. van Altena, Yale University, Connecticut
    William van Altena is Professor Emeritus in the Astronomy Department, Yale University, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory astronomy, astronomical observing and astrometry for over 40 years. He served as Director of the Yerkes Observatory, Chair of the Yale Astronomy Department and was Team Leader for the Hubble Space Telescope's Astrometry Instrument Definition Team and a member of the HST Astrometry Science Team. His current research involves studies of the kinematical structure of the Milky Way in the Southern Hemisphere, binary stars and the use of high technology cameras to study galaxy remnants that are merging with the Milky Way.

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    M. Perryman, L. Lindegren, N. Zacharias, S. Klioner, N. Capitaine, M. Stavinschi, P. Wallace, W. van Altena, E. Fomalont, A. Ghez, A. Glindermann, D. Schroeder, S. Howell, D. Rabinowitz, J. Anderson, J. Nuñez, Z. H. Tang, C. López, F. Benedict, B. McArthur, R. Méndez, E. Horch, D. Pourbaix, F. Mignard, A. Sozzetti, R. Easther

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