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X-Ray Detectors in Astronomy

Series: Cambridge Astrophysics Series Volume: 15

By: GW Fraser (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #201732 | ISBN-13: 9780521106030
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First published in 1989, X-Ray Detectors in Astronomy provides a comprehensive review of the detection techniques that are used in X-ray astronomy. Since the first discovery of a cosmic X-ray source in 1962, there has been rapid growth in X-ray astronomy, which has largely been made possible by enormous advances in the capabilities of photon counting instrumentation.

X-Ray Detectors in Astronomy describes the first 25 years of astronomical X-ray instrumentation and summarises the areas of current detector research, giving particular emphasis to imaging devices and to non-dispersive devices of high spectral resolution. It is the first book to give such a comprehensive treatment of the subject, and will provide astronomers with a valuable summary of detection techniques.


1. Observational techniques in X-ray astronomy
2. Proportional counters
3. Microchannel plates
4. Semiconductor detectors
5. Scintillators, phosphors and NEADs
6. Single photon calorimeters


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