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Instrumentation for Large Telescopes

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  • The first book on the design and use of instrumentation for the new generation of large astronomical telescopes that will shape astronomy done in the next century
  • Eight specially written chapters by leading experts in the world
  • Includes the latest technology in adaptive optics and laser guide stars, interferometry, image pattern recognition and optical and infrared arrays

Series: Cambridge Contemporary Astrophysics Series

By: Jose M Rodriguez Espinosa(Editor), Artemio Herrero(Editor), Francisco Sánchez(Editor)

329 pages, b/w plates, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 1997 | #115466 | ISBN: 0521582911
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About this book

A new generation of large, ground-based telescopes are just coming into operation. They will take astronomical research well into the next century. These extremely powerful telescopes demand specially designed instruments and observing techniques. The VII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics gathered together leading experts from around the world to review this technology. Based on the meeting, this timely volume presents eight specially written chapters covering all aspects of telescope instrumentation. Instrumentation for Large Telescopes provides an essential reference for all astronomers who will be the users of these large telescopes. It reviews both the challenges involved in designing successful instrumentation and the questions in astronomy they must address. We are taken from the fundamentals of astronomical imaging, low- and high-resolution spectroscopy, and polarimetry up to the state-of-the-art technology in adaptive optics and laser guide stars, interferometry, image pattern recognition, and optical, near and mid infrared arrays. This timely volume provides an excellent introduction for graduate students and an invaluable reference for researchers using the latest generation of large astronomical telescopes.

"This book will be useful to expert and students alike."
– P. K. Thomas, Astronomy Now

"This book can be thoroughly recommended to anyone with an interest in the instrumentation used in astronomy, especially where this involves large telescopes, or to anyone having an interest in the optics and engineering aspects of satellite remote sensing. The level of writing makes it suitable for students at a graduate level and above."
– Grant H. Thomson, The Imaging Science Journal

"This volume is a valuable addition to astronomy libraries. It provides a good introduction to the principles of astronomical instrumentation for postgraduates and other researchers."
– P. F. Roche, The Observatory


1. Techniques for high angular resolution astronomical imaging J. M. Beckers
2. Detectors and data analysis techniques for wide field optical imaging M. J. Irwin
3. Modern methods of image reconstruction R. C. Puetter
4. Spectroscopic techniques for large optical/infrared telescopes K. Taylor
5. High resolution spectroscopy D. F. Gray
5. Near infrared instrumentation for large telescopes I. S. McLean
6. Mid-infrared astronomy with large telescopes B. Jones
7. Polarimetry with large telescopes S. di Serego Alighieri

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