Radio Astronomy
An Introduction

Hardback & DVD: 978 1 936420 35 3 / $59.95
Published: July 2015  

E-Book: 978 1 937585 62 4 / $34.95
Published: May 2015  

Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
500 pp., 7" x 9"
Designed for a course in radio astronomy or for use as a reference for practicing engineers and astronomers, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the topic. Application boxes in each chapter cover topics like LOFAR, DSN, and VLBI. The book begins with the history of radio astronomy, then explains the fundamentals, polarization, designing radio telescopes, understanding radio arrays, interferometers, receiving systems, mapping techniques, image processing and propagation effects in relation to radio astronomy. A special chapter in the end presents the GMRT radio array as an example of the explained techniques.


•Includes context-connection boxes, including NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) the South Pole Telescope (SPT), the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), pulsar dispersion and distance, and plane waves in conducting and dielectric media
•Contains several appendices including radiation potential formalism, the physics of radio spectral lines, and
a table of world radio observatories
•View the comprehensive companion disc with hundreds of color images and figures from the text

Table of Contents:

1. Foundations of Radio Astronomy.
2. Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy.
3. Polarization Analysis.
4. Designing Single Dishes and Phased Arrays.
5. Interferometry and Radio Arrays.
6. Receiving Systems.
7. Interferometer Aperture Synthesis and Radio Mapping.
8. Interferometer Data Calibration and Image Processing.
9. Propagation Effects in Radio Astronomy.
10. The GMRT Radio Array.

A. Coordinate Systems Used in Radio Astronomy.
B. Antenna Terminology for Radio Telescopes.
C. Radiation Potential Formulation.
D. Radio Spectral Lines.
E. Radio Telescopes.

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