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Stellar Polarimetry

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Written by an experienced teacher and author, this must-have source for work with polarimetric equipment and polarimetry in astron... Weiterlesen
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Written by an experienced teacher and author, this must-have source for work with polarimetric equipment and polarimetry in astronomy conveys the knowledge of the technology and techniques needed to measure and interpret polarizations. As such, this monograph offers a brief introduction and refresher, while also covering in detail statistics and data treatment as well as telescope optics.
For astronomers, physicists and those working in the optical industry.

David Clarke, after earning his PhD at the University of Manchester and research projects at other institutions, now holds a honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Glasgow.
His work focuses on the development of optical equipmemt for polarimetric measurements of stars associated with scattering processes within stellar atmospheres, the interstellar medium as well as the Earth's atmosphere.
Another project has been the determination of the orbits of dust particles in the Solar System comprising the Zodiacal Light.
An experienced astronomer and cosmologists, he has published over 120 Papers and three books, one of which now in 4th edition.

To many astrophysicists, Stellar Polarimetry is a Cinderella subject with insignificant interest and, at the same time, being so esoteric as to be ignored and left alone. Some have promoted the theme with an enthusiastic passion and to great reward. Such pioneers have shown that polarimetric studies within Astronomy have a strong role to play either in their own right, or in combination with other observational tools, as a diagnostic for understanding the behaviour of celestrial sources.

In his presentation of Stellar Polarimetry, the Chapter titles are listed as:

  • Introduction and History
  • The Polarization Ellipse
  • The Algebra of Polarization
  • The Stokes Parameters
  • Polarization Statistics and Data Treatment
  • The Basics of Polarimetric Elements
  • Pre-Measurement Distortions
  • Polarimetric Principles and Instruments
  • Some Polarigenic Mechanisms
  • Interstellar Polarization
  • Binary Stars
  • Stars with Magnetic Fields
  • Early-Type Stars
  • Late-Type Stars
  • General Stellar Variability

1 Introduction and History
2 The Polarization Ellipse
3 The Algebra of Polarization
4 The Stokes Parameters
5 Polarization Statistics and Data Treatment
6 The Basics of Polarimetric Elements
7 Pre-Measurement Distortions
8 Polarimetric Principles and Instruments
9 Some Polarigenic Mechanisms
10 Interstellar Polarization
11 Binary Stars
12 Early-Type Stars
13 Late-Type Stars
14 General Stellar Variability


Titel: Stellar Polarimetry
EAN: 9783527628339
ISBN: 978-3-527-62833-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Wiley-Vch
Genre: Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 431
Veröffentlichung: 30.10.2009
Jahr: 2009
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 5.2 MB