Infrared Astronomy

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Erice, Sicily, 9–20 July, 1977

  • Giancarlo Setti
  • Giovanni G. Fazio
Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Interstellar Matter

    1. P. G. Mezger
      Pages 1-24
  3. Infrared Observations of HII Regions

    1. G. G. Fazio
      Pages 25-49
  4. Physics and Astrophysics of Interstellar Dust

    1. J. M. Greenberg
      Pages 51-95
  5. Physics of Molecular Clouds from Millimeter Wave Line Observations

  6. Theoretical Aspects of the Infrared Emission from HII Regions

  7. Star Formation and Related Topics

    1. Richard B. Larson
      Pages 137-158
  8. Infrared Emission of the Galactic Center and Extragalactic Sources

  9. Infrared Astronomical Background Radiation

    1. Martin Harwit
      Pages 173-180
  10. Cosmic Background: Measurements of the Spectrum

  11. Cosmological Aspects of Infrared and Millimetre Astronomy

  12. Observational Techniques in Infrared Astronomy

  13. Infrared Astronomical Spectroscopy

    1. Martin Harwit
      Pages 271-283
  14. Infrared Astronomy from Space: A Review of Future Possibilities

  15. Seminars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Bruce G. Elmegreen
      Pages 327-333
    3. V. Daneu, C. Maxson, G. Peres, S. Serio, G. Vaiana
      Pages 335-344
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 345-353

About these proceedings


This volume contains a series of lectures presented at the 4th Course of the International School of Astrophysics, held in Erice (Sicily) from July 9 - July 20, 1977 at the "E. Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture. The course was fully supported by a grant from the NATO Advanced Study Institute Programme. It was attended by 82 participants from 15 countries. Even though the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum covers an extensive interval from the red region of the optical spectrum (10,000 A) to the microwave radio region (1 mm), its role in astronomy has been minimal until the last two decades. Until very recently, the only objects observed were the sun, the moon and the planets. A primary reason for this late development was the lack of sensitive detectors and the necessary cryogenic technology that must accompany their use. Recent progress in this technology has been paralleled by an ever increasing interest of astronomers in infrared observations, leading to a number of ex­ tremely important results in different branches of astronomy. This becomes evident when one realizes that in many astrophysical conditions most of the energy is found to be channeled into the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Stars were detected that yield most of their radiation in the infrared; these objects present a new view of stellar evolution, both in the birth and death stages.


astronomy astrophysics interstellar matter moon planet spectroscopy star star formation stellar evolution sun telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • Giancarlo Setti
    • 1
  • Giovanni G. Fazio
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratorio di Radioastronomia CNRUniversity of BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9817-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9815-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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