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An Introduction to Optical Stellar Interferometry

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  • Authors:
  • A. Labeyrie, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
  • S. G. Lipson, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • P. Nisenson, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107656468

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  • During the last two decades, optical stellar interferometry has become an important tool in astronomical investigations requiring spatial resolution well beyond that of traditional telescopes. This book, first published in 2006, was the first to be written on the subject. The authors provide an extended introduction discussing basic physical and atmospheric optics, which establishes the framework necessary to present the ideas and practice of interferometry as applied to the astronomical scene. They follow with an overview of historical, operational and planned interferometric observatories, and a selection of important astrophysical discoveries made with them. Finally, they present some as-yet untested ideas for instruments both on the ground and in space which may allow us to image details of planetary systems beyond our own.

    • Provides up-to-date applications of optical interferometry, including an overview of existing and planned interferometric observatories
    • Includes a historical and physical background, together with the mathematical basis
    • Selects important astronomical discoveries and discusses ideas for the future
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    "...the presentation is excellent and the athors deploy rough order-of-magnitude calculations and physical arguments in amongst the text to very good effect...this volume fills a gap that has for a long time been problematic...as an introduction to the field, this volume fills a valuable role. --The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107656468
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Basic concepts: a qualitative introduction
    3. Interference, diffraction and coherence
    4. Aperture synthesis
    5. Optical effects of the atmosphere
    6. Single-aperture techniques
    7. Intensity interferometry
    8. Amplitude interferometry: techniques and instruments
    9. The hypertelescope
    10. Nulling and coronagraphy
    11. A sampling of interferometric science
    12. Future ground and space projects
    Appendices.

  • Authors

    A. Labeyrie, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
    Antoine Labeyrie is Professor at the Collège de France. During his distinguished career he has made many fundamental contributions to high resolution optical astronomy.

    S. G. Lipson, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
    Stephen G. Lipson is Chair of Electro-Optics and Professor of Physics at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. He is co-author of Optical Physics, 3rd edition (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

    P. Nisenson, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Peter Nisenson studied physics and optics before becoming a professional astronomer at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His achievements include developing image detectors that can measure individual photon events.

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