Galactic and Extragalactic Infrared Spectroscopy

Proceedings of the XVIth ESLAB Symposium, held in Toledo, Spain, December 6–8, 1982

  • M. F. Kessler
  • J. P. Phillips
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 108)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Welcome Address

    1. D. Edgar Page
      Pages 1-1
  3. Interstellar Dust and Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. S. P. Willner
      Pages 37-57
    3. David A. Williams
      Pages 59-67
    4. William D. Watson
      Pages 69-82
  4. Emission Processes and their Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. D. R. Flower
      Pages 89-101
    3. Christopher F. McKee, David F. Chernoff, David J. Hollenbach
      Pages 103-131
    4. Nicholas Z. Scoville
      Pages 167-176
    5. G Winnewisser, H Ungerechts
      Pages 177-191
  5. Galactic Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. R J Emery, M F Kessler
      Pages 289-307
    3. Stephen T. Ridgway
      Pages 309-330
    4. David K. Aitken, Patrick F. Roche
      Pages 331-348
  6. Galactic Centre and Extragalactic Sources

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-476

About these proceedings


The last major conference on infrared astronomy was the IAU Symposium No. 96 in June 1980. Since then, the discipline has continued to mature and to contribute to all branches of astrophysics. One particular area of growth has been in spectroscopic capabilities at all infrared wavelengths. The purpose of the Symposium in Toledo was to review the scientific questions to be addressed via infrared spectroscopy and to provide, in the proceedings, a useful summary of the field. The sensitivity of infrared spectroscopic observations is still generally limited by detector characteristics or by thermal background radiation. However in recent years improvements in detector technology together with developments in spectroscopic instrumentation have made possible both quite detailed spectroscopy of the brighter members of many classes of galactic sources and also begun to open up some infrared spectroscopy of extragalactic sources. The potential of the field in the next decade or two is clear. The lRAS mission has completed one of the pre-requisites, namely an all-sky photometric survey. Major space missions utilising cryogenic infrared telescopes have been approved in Europe (ISO) and seem likely in the USA (SIRTF); plans for space submillimeter telescopes are firming up. On the ground large telescopes optimized for infrared observations are now in operation at high altitude sites and specialized submillimeter facilities are under construction. The particular advantages of planned, very large telescopes for infrared observations are widely accepted.


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Editors and affiliations

  • M. F. Kessler
    • 1
  • J. P. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Astronomy DivisionSpace Science Department of ESANoordwijkThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7253-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7251-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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