Maser Sources in Astrophysics

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Maser Sources in Astrophysics Autor: Malcolm Gray


Masers are observed at a range of scales – from comets, through star-forming clouds, to galactic nuclei – and have many astrophysical applications, for example measuring cosmological distances. Written for postgraduate students and professional researchers in molecular astrophysics, this volume is an up-to-date survey of the theory and observations of astrophysical maser sources and their use as astronomical tools. The book summarizes the history of the discovery of various maser molecules and lines, and discusses maser observations on various scales. The theory is discussed in detail, including the quantum-mechanical response of the molecules, before being linked to more general radiation transfer. A discussion of spectral-line radio astronomy techniques shows how maser observations can be applied more generally to radio astronomy

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Maser Sources in Astrophysics Autor: Malcolm Gray


Masers are observed at a range of scales – from comets, through star-forming clouds, to galactic nuclei – and have many astrophysical applications, for example measuring cosmological distances. Written for postgraduate students and professional researchers in molecular astrophysics, this volume is an up-to-date survey of the theory and observations of astrophysical maser sources and their use as astronomical tools. The book summarizes the history of the discovery of various maser molecules and lines, and discusses maser observations on various scales. The theory is discussed in detail, including the quantum-mechanical response of the molecules, before being linked to more general radiation transfer. A discussion of spectral-line radio astronomy techniques shows how maser observations can be applied more generally to radio astronomy. The book introduces new and projected instruments, including ALMA and SKA. Additional topics address the radiation statistics of astrophysical masers, and numerical methods of analysis.


Spis treści: 1. Introduction 2. Discovery 3. Basic theory 4. Observations of masers 5. Maser molecules 6. Environments of masers 7. Advanced theory 8. Computer modelling 9. Masers as diagnostics 10. Future prospects Appendices Index.


dla: academic researchers, graduate students

isbn 9780521879804
stron 430
Data publikacji 26/04/2012
58 b/w illus. 10 tables
Hardback 247 x 174 mm

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