Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Astronomical Polarimetry by Jaap Tinbergen

Radiation from astronomical objects generally shows some degree of polarization. Although this polarized radiation is usually only a small fraction of the total radiation, it often carries a wealth of information on the physical state and geometry of the emitting object and intervening material. Measurement of this polarized radiation is central to much modern astrophysical research. This handy volume provides a clear, comprehensive and concise introduction to astronomical polarimetry at all wavelengths. Starting from first principles and a simple physical picture of polarized radiation, the reader is introduced to all the key topics, including Stokes parameters, applications of polarimetry in astronomy, polarization algebra, polarization errors and calibration methods, and a selection of instruments (from radio to X-ray). The book is rounded off with a number of useful case studies, a collection of exercises, an extensive list of further reading and an informative index. This review of all aspects of astronomical polarization provides both an essential introduction for graduate students, and a valuable reference for practising astronomers.

Buy Astronomical Polarimetry by Jaap Tinbergen from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521018586
ISBN-10: 0521018587
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 10mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Astronomical Polarimetry by Jaap Tinbergen

Book Reviews - Astronomical Polarimetry by Jaap Tinbergen

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Astronomical Polarimetry book by Jaap Tinbergen and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review