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Astronomical Masers : Astrophysics and Space Science Library - Moshe Elitzur

Astronomical Masers

Astrophysics and Space Science Library

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One of the most spectacular discoveries of molecular astronomy has been the detection of maser emission. The same radiation that is generated in the laboratory only with elaborate, special equipment occurs naturally in interstellar space. This intense radiation probes the smallest structures that can be studied with radio telescopes. By a fortunate coincidence maser radiation is generated in both star forming regions and the envelopes of late-type stars. The early and late stages in the life of a star are considered to be the most interesting phases of stellar evolution. Maser emission has also been detected in external galaxies. This book provides an extensive coverage of the interstellar maser phenomenon. A precondition for maser action is departure from thermal equilibrium. The book therefore starts with a detailed coverage of the basic background concepts required for an understanding of line formation and radiative transfer. It goes on to describe the theoretical and phenomenological aspects of interstellar masers, their formation sites and the inversion mechanisms. The book will interest active researchers in astronomy and astrophysics as well as in other areas of physics. It is suitable as a textbook in a graduate course and will enable a graduate student to embark on research projects in this exciting area in particular, and molecular radio astronomy in general.

' The book is an essential purchase for workers in the field, and will also interest other astrophysicists and researchers in related areas of physics. ' Nature Volume 357 'The book is both well written and thorough, and the paperback edition is reasonably good value, given the somewhat specialized subject area. I'd advise anyone working in the field to buy themselves a copy.' The Observatory 113:1112 1993

Introduction
Basic Background Concepts
Astronomical Maser Radiation
Maser Theory
Effects of Geometry
Polarization
Pumping
The Environments of Astronomical Masers
OH Masers
H2O Masers
SiO Masers
Other Masers
Extragalactic Masers
Masers as Astronomical Tools
Epilogue
Appendix
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780792312161
ISBN-10: 0792312163
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 29th February 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.54