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Cosmic Masers – from OH to H0 (IAU S287)

Cosmic Masers – from OH to H0 (IAU S287)


Part of Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposia and Colloquia

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107032842

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  • Cosmic masers, naturally occurring amplifiers of microwave emission from atoms and molecules in the Milky Way and other galaxies, provide important tools to investigate astrophysical environments. The first, hydroxyl (OH) masers were discovered in 1965 and since that time several thousand sources of maser emission, from a variety of cosmic molecules, have been discovered and studied. Because this natural emission occurs at discrete frequencies, which depend upon specific atomic or molecular transitions, masers are also useful for studying the structure and dynamics of our own galaxy. Masers in other galaxies are now used for cosmological studies of the dynamics of massive black holes in galactic nuclei and to directly measure the Hubble constant, H0. This volume contains a comprehensive, up-to-date review of cosmic masers, their nature, sources, environments and uses, as presented at IAU Symposium 287, the fourth international symposium on cosmic masers.

    • The most comprehensive, up-to-date review of cosmic masers, their nature, sources, environments and uses in astrometry and cosmology
    • Presents the latest views on cosmic maser theory, from new measurements of maser variability, detailed (VLBI) structure and magnetic fields
    • Discusses masers as tools to define galactic structure and dynamics, reviewing the latest measurements from new instruments, including our distance from the centre of the Milky Way
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107032842
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • contains: 320 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Advances in maser theory
    2. Polarization and magnetic fields
    3a. Star formation: maser variability
    3b. Star formation masers
    4. Stellar masers
    5. Maser surveys
    6. Cosmology and the Hubble constant
    7. AGN and megamasers
    8. Maser astrometry
    9. New masers and further developments in maser physics
    10. Masers and the impact of new facilities
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  • Editors

    Roy S. Booth, Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory, South Africa

    Wouter H. T. Vlemmings, Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Germany

    Elizabeth M. L. Humphreys, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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