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Geared toward undergraduates majoring in physics or astronomy, this textbook can accompany an undergraduate course on radio astronomy. Beginning with a basic motivation behind why conducting observations at radio frequencies is important, the text follows up with a review of essential physics concepts (corresponding to sophomore level physics – it is assumed that the student has already completed two semesters of introductory calculus-based physics). Next, the author describes single dish telescopes with important quantities (such as system temperature, etc.) and provides a brief introduction to interferometers. The most commonly encountered emission mechanisms seen in radio astronomy are then introduced, along with examples of astronomical sources divided (broadly) into the types of sources seen in Galactic and extragalactic observations. The author includes an appendix that provides useful supplementary material, and each chapter provides examples as well as exercises suitable for homework assignments.
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Dr. Thomas Pannuti earned his PhD in physics in 2000 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His dissertation research concentrated on multi-wavelength observations (namely X-ray, optical and radio) of supernova remnants in nearby galaxies. He worked as a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Center for Space Research (now known as the Kavli Institute for Space Science and Astrophysics) in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2000 – 2003 and then as a postdoctoral scholar at the Spitzer Science Center in Pasadena, California from 2003 – 2006. In 2006 he joined the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky as an assistant professor of space science. He was promoted to an associate professor of space science and astrophysics in 2012. His current research interests include multi-wavelength observations of Galactic and extragalactic supernova remnants and radio continuum observations of blazars. He has served as first author or co-author on nearly 40 publications in the refereed literature. In recognition of his research efforts, in 2012 he received the Superlative Award Winner for Distinguished College or University Scientist from the Kentucky Academy of Science. He is an active teacher, researcher and advisor in astronomy at the Space Science Center – a research center in space science and astrophysics – in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Morehead State University.
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