Spectral Classification: The First Step in Quantitative Spectral Analysis

  • Richard Gray
Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)


Classification lies at the foundation of many sciences, and that is true for Astronomy as well. However, many stellar spectroscopists neglect this vital first step when carrying out a spectral analysis. This chapter discusses and illustrates the ways that spectral classification can contribute to spectroscopic analysis at every step of the process.


Methods: data analysis Techniques: spectroscopic Stars: fundamental parameters Stars: abundances 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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