Astronomical Spectroscopy: An Introduction to the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Astronomical Spectra

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Imperial College Press, 2005 - Science - 192 pages
Nearly all the information we know about the Universe comes from the study of light as it reaches us. The understanding of this information contained in light requires both telescopes capable of resolving light into its different component colors, as well as detailed knowledge of the quantum mechanical behavior of atoms and molecules. This unique book, which is based on a third-year undergraduate course given by the author at University College London, presents the basic atomic and molecular physics necessary to understand and interpret astronomical spectra. It explains what information can be extracted from these spectra and how. Extensive use is made of contemporary astronomical spectral data to both motivate the study of the underlying atomic physics and to illustrate the results.
 

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All of the information that we have about the universe comes from the study of light. It is astonishing how much that you can discover from looking at the spectra of an astronomical object ... Read full review

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I loved this book. I am currently doing my year 7 assignment on this book and I took up every detail. A great book but I don't think many people my age you enjoy it. Overall I found this book was great I it will be the main reference of my essay.

Contents

Why Record Spectra of Astronomical Objects?
1
The Nature of Spectra
7
Atomic Hydrogen
17
Complex Atoms
51
Helium Spectra
69
Alkali Atoms
81
Spectra of Nebulae
99
Molecular Structure
124
Molecular Spectra
146
Solutions to Model Problems
174
Further Reading and Bibliography
186
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