The millimetre and submillimetre spectral region (300 to 3000 Ilm or 1000 to 100 GHz) was until recently one of the few spectral regimes not fully opened up for astronomical studies. Thanks both to improvements in detectors and receivers and to the construction of large telescopes at high altitude sites this situation is improving very rapidly. Three major telescopes have been built recently and are coming into operation during 1987 and 1988, namely the 15m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) and the lOAm Caltech Submillimetre Observatory (CSO) telescope, both located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the 15 m Swedish -ESO telescope (SEST) in Chile. Because a very wide range of astronomical problems can be tackled with these major new facilities there is a great deal of interest from the many potential new users anxious to become familiar with this rapidly developing field. During 1986 it became clear to British and Dutch astronomers involved in planning the commissioning and operation of the JCMT, that a summer school in this field would greatly benefit the potential and actual JCMT user community. With financial support from the SERC and supplemented by a grant from the ZWO, the Summer School on 'Millimetre and Submillimetre Astronomy' was held at Stirling University from June 21 to 27, 1987.
`This book is ideally suited for the beginning millimetre and submillimetre astronomer but those already familiar with this field might also find it useful as a reference book. The text is clearly written and liberally illustrated with tables and line drawings.'
W. van der Veen, Journal of British Astronomical Association.
Techniques of Submillimeter Astronomy.- Receiver Technology.- Techniques and Results of Millimeter Interferometry.- Molecular Cloud Chemistry.- Shocks in Diffuse and Dense Molecular Clouds.- Mass Loss from Evolved Stars and Submillimeter Observations.- Radiation Processes.- The Galactic Nucleus at Millimeter, Submillimeter and Far-Infrared Wavelengths.- The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation.- Large Molecular-Cloud Complexes.- CO and H2 in Galaxies.- Continuum Emission from Active Galactic Nuclei.- Millimetre, Submillimetre Astronomy and Cosmology.- Appendix: The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.- Object Index.
Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Number Of Pages: 393
Published: 31st July 1988
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 1.66