Astronomical Spectroscopy

Astronomical Spectroscopy

An Introduction to the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Astronomical Spectra

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World Scientific Pub Co Inc
Nearly all information about the Universe comes from the study of light as it reaches us. However, understanding the information contained in this light requires both telescopes capable of resolving it into its component colours and a detailed knowledge of the quantum mechanical behaviour of atoms and molecules. This book, which is based on a third-year undergraduate course taught by the author at University College London, presents the basic atomic and molecular physics necessary to understand and interpret astronomical spectra. It explains how and what kind of information can be extracted from these spectra. Contemporary astronomical spectra are used extensively to study the underlying atomic physics and illustrate the results.

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Tennyson (U. College London) presents essentially a written version of his lecture course for third-year undergraduate students who had previously completed an introductory course on quantum mechanics covering the hydrogen atom, but no further atomic physics or spectroscopy. Among the topics he discusses are why to record the spectra of astronomical objects, atomic hydrogen, helium spectra, alkali atoms, spectra in magnetic fields, molecular structure, rotational spectra, and the electronic spectra of diatomic molecules. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New Jersey : World Scientific, c2011
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9789814291965
Characteristics: x, 223 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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