Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. David Silva, Ian S. McLean
    Pages 1-42
  3. Przemysław Woźniak
    Pages 43-97
  4. Jerry Nelson, Terry Mast, Gary Chanan
    Pages 99-136
  5. John Hill, Hubert Martin, Roger Angel
    Pages 137-184
  6. Lothar Noethe, Ray Wilson
    Pages 185-239
  7. Theo A.ten Brummelaar, Harold A. McAlister
    Pages 241-282
  8. Thomas G. Phillips, Stephen Padin, Jonas Zmuidzinas
    Pages 283-313
  9. Ron EkersCSIRO Fellow, Thomas L. Wilson
    Pages 315-359
  10. Erin Elliott, Matt Mountain, Marc Postman, Anton Koekemoer, Leonardo Ubeda, Mario Livio
    Pages 361-429
  11. Shaul Hanany, Michael D. Niemack, Lyman Page
    Pages 431-480
  12. Elizabeth Hays
    Pages 481-505
  13. Ian S. McLeanProfessor, James Larkin, Michael FitzgeraldDr.
    Pages 507-539
  14. Paul R. Jorden
    Pages 541-563
  15. Erick T. Young
    Pages 565-585
  16. Rebecca A. BernsteinDr., Stephen A. ShectmanDr.
    Pages 587-618
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 619-623

About this book


This is volume 1 of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems, a six-volume compendium of modern astronomical research, covering subjects of key interest to the main fields of contemporary astronomy. This volume on “Telescopes and Instrumentation” edited by Ian S. McLean presents, after a general Introduction to Telescopes, accessible review chapters on Robotic and Survey Telescopes, Segmented Mirror Telescopes, Honeycomb Mirrors for Large Telescopes, Active Thin-Mirror Telescopes, Optical and Infrared Interferometers, Submillimeter Telescopes, Radio Telescopes, Space Telescopes in the Ultraviolet, Optical, and Infrared (UV/O/IR), CMB Telescopes and Optical Systems, Very- High-Energy Gamma-Ray Telescopes, Instrumentation and Detectors, Silicon-Based Image Sensors, Long-Wavelength Infrared Detectors, and Astronomical Spectrographs.

All chapters of the handbook were written by practicing professionals. They include sufficient background material and references to the current literature to allow readers to learn enough about a specialty within astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology to get started on their own practical research projects. In the spirit of the series Stars and Stellar Systems published by Chicago University Press in the 1960s and 1970s, each chapter of Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems can stand on its own as a fundamental review of its respective sub-discipline, and each volume can be used as a textbook or recommended reference work for advanced undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Advanced students and professional astronomers in their roles as both lecturers and researchers will welcome Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems as a comprehensive and pedagogical reference work on astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Terry D. Oswalt
    • 1
  • Ian S. McLean
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics & Space SciencesFlorida Institute of Technology, University BoulevardMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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