Astronomical Measurement

A Concise Guide

  • Andy¬†Lawrence

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book sub series (ASTRONOMY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Andy Lawrence
    Pages 1-24
  3. Andy Lawrence
    Pages 25-54
  4. Andy Lawrence
    Pages 55-90
  5. Andy Lawrence
    Pages 91-119
  6. Andy Lawrence
    Pages 121-144
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 145-192

About this book


This book on astronomical measurement takes a fresh approach to teaching the subject. After discussing some general principles, it follows the chain of measurement through atmosphere, imaging, detection, spectroscopy, timing, and hypothesis testing. The various wavelength regimes are covered in each section, emphasising what is the same, and what is different. The author concentrates on the physics of detection and the principles of measurement, aiming to make this logically coherent.
The book is based on a short self contained lecture course for advanced undergraduate students developed and taught by the author over several years.


Astronomical detectors Astronomical imaging Astronomical interferometry Astronomical optics Astronomical spectroscopy Atmospheric distortion Detection of light Introduction to Astronomical measurement Light polarisation Signal to noise Space telescopes Spectroscopy in astrophysics Statistics in astronomy Telescope design

Authors and affiliations

  • Andy¬†Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal ObservatoryInstitute for AstronomyEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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