Astronomical Photometry

Past, Present, and Future

  • Eugene F. Milone
  • C. Sterken

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 373)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christiaan Sterken, E. F. Milone, Andrew T. Young
    Pages 1-32
  3. Carol W. Ambruster, Anthony B. Hull, Robert H. Koch, Richard J. Mitchell
    Pages 85-107
  4. Arlo U. Landolt
    Pages 109-125
  5. E. F. Milone, Andrew T. Young
    Pages 127-143
  6. Martin Cohen
    Pages 179-188
  7. Pierre Bastien
    Pages 201-212
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-217

About this book


This book brings together experts in the field of astronomical photometry to discuss how their subfields provide the precision and accuracy in astronomical energy flux measurements that are needed to permit tests of astrophysical theories. Differential photometers and photometry, improvements in infrared precision, the improvements in precision and accuracy of CCD photometry, the absolute calibration of flux, the development of the Johnson UBVRI photometric system and other passband systems to measure and precisely classify specific types of stars and astrophysical quantities, and the current capabilities of spectrophotometry and polarimetry to provide precise and accurate data, are all discussed in this volume. The discussion of `differential’ or `two-star’ photometers ranges from early experiments in visual photometry through the Harvard and Princeton polarizing photometers to the pioneering work of Walraven and differential photometers designed to minimize effects of atmospheric extinction and to counter the effects of aurorae at high latitude sites; two of these are the Pierce-Blitzstein photometer of the University of Pennsylvania, in use for several decades, and the Rapid Alternate Detection System (RADS) developed at the University of Calgary in the 1980s.


Johnson UBVRI photometric system Photoelectric photometry Princeton polarizing photometer absolute astronomical calibrations differential photometry extinction and transformations photometric precision polarimetry techniques spectrophotometry explained

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 1
  • C. Sterken
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.University of BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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