Radio Recombination Lines

Their Physics and Astronomical Applications

  • M. A. Gordon
  • R. L. Sorochenko

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 282)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. M. A. Gordon, R. L. Sorochenko
    Pages 1-21
  3. M. A. Gordon, R. L. Sorochenko
    Pages 23-112
  4. M. A. Gordon, R. L. Sorochenko
    Pages 113-235
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-358

About this book


Recombination lines at radio wavelengths have been - and still are - a pow­ erful tool for modern astronomy. For more than thirty years they have allowed astronomers to probe the gases from which stars form. They have even been detected in the Sun. In addition, observations of these spectral lines facilitate basic research into the atom, in forms and environments that can only exist in the huge dimensions and extreme conditions of cosmic laboratories. We intend this book to serve as a tourist's guide to the world of Radio Recombination Lines. It contains three divisions: a history of their discovery, the physics of how they form and how their voyage to us influences their spectral profiles, and a description of their many astronomical contributions to date. The appendix includes supplementary calculations that may be useful to some astronomers. This material also includes tables of line frequencies from 12 MHz to 30THz (AlOJLm) as well as FORTRAN computer code to calculate the fine structure components of the lines, to evaluate radial matrix integrals, and to calculate the departure coefficients of hydrogen in a cosmic environment. It also describes how to convert observational to astrophysical units. The text includes extensive references to the literature to assist readers who want more details.


astronomy astrophysics spectra stars stellar

Authors and affiliations

  • M. A. Gordon
    • 1
  • R. L. Sorochenko
    • 2
  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryTucsonUSA
  2. 2.P.N. Lebedev Physical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3956-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0261-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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