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The Principles of Astronomical Telescope Design

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  • Covers telescope design in the entire EM spectrum, where most other titles focus on one or two wave bands only

  • Widely circulated and highly regarded in the Chinese astronomical community, there has been demand for an English version of this book for many years

  • The broad range of technologies presented have applications in fields as varied as telecommunications, aerospace industry, remote sensing and defense

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library (ASSL, volume 360)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Fundamentals of Optical Telescopes

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 1-86
  3. Mirror Design For Optical Telescopes

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 87-139
  4. Telescope Structures and Control System

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 141-222
  5. Advanced Techniques for Optical Telescopes

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 223-307
  6. Space Telescope Projects and their Development

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 309-337
  7. Fundamentals of Radio Telescopes

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 339-376
  8. Radio Telescope Design

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 377-441
  9. Review of Astronomical Telescopes

    • Jingquan Cheng
    Pages 587-606
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 607-631

About this book

This volume presents a complete summary of the author's twenty five years of experience in telescope design. It provides a general introduction to every aspect of telescope design and discusses the theory behind telescope design in depth. Telescope component design is also covered.  The book pays particular attention to technologies such as active and adaptive optics, aperture synthesis, holographic surface measurement, infrared signal modulation, wavefront, curvature, and phasing sensors, as well as x-ray and gamma ray imaging. The principles behind these technologies are also discussed with an eye towards their practical applications, resulting in a book that bridges practical telescope engineering and advanced physics theory.

Originally published in Chinese, The Principles of Astronomical Telescope Design is highly regarded by the Chinese astronomical community. This English language version is intended for postgraduate students, engineers and scientists in the fields of astronomy, optics, particle physics, space science and related fields.

Keywords

  • Interferometer
  • Laser
  • Speckle
  • Transmission
  • artificial guide star
  • assl
  • building telescopes
  • holographic surface measurement
  • infrared signal modulation
  • interferometry
  • mm-wavelength telescopes
  • optical theory
  • optics
  • orbital telescopes
  • radio telescope design

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This 630-page book provides a very comprehensive engineering and science study of telescopes used for astronomy … . The technical level of the book is for graduate engineers and astronomers … . I reviewed some of the algebra in detail and found it to be complete and understandable. … I predict that the book will find broad use among the engineering and astronomical communities for years into the future, and I recommend this book to astronomers and engineers who build astronomical telescopes and instruments.” (James B. Breckinridge, The Observatory, Vol. 130, October, 2010)

“The book offers more of an encyclopedic review of a wide range of facets on the subjects of design, construction, calibration, and operation of telescopes used in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. … A short chapter with tables of all major telescopes in the world closes the book. … The book will be most useful to readers with an understanding of … telescope, who want to obtain a feeling for how problems in other wavelength regimes have been attacked.” (Jacob W. M. Baars, The Radio Science Bulletin, Issue 335, December, 2010)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tucson (NRAO), National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, U.S.A.

    Jingquan Cheng

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 299.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-88791-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)