Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Observational Methods and Astrophysics - Two Volume Set

1st Edition

Jonathan Marr, Ronald L. Snell, Stanley E. Kurtz

CRC Press
Published May 17, 2019
Textbook - 700 Pages - 4 Color & 300 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498725811 - CAT# K25795
Series: Series in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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As demonstrated by five Nobel Prizes in physics, radio astronomy has contributed greatly to our understanding of the Universe. Yet for too long, there has been no comprehensive textbook on radio astronomy for undergraduate students.

This two-volume set of introductory textbooks is exclusively devoted to radio astronomy, with extensive discussions of telescopes, observation methods, and astrophysical processes that are relevant for this exciting field.

The first volume, Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Observational Methods, discusses radio astronomy instrumentation and the techniques to conduct successful observations. The second volume, Fundamentals of Radio Astronomy: Astrophysics, discusses the physical processes that give rise to radio emission, presents examples of astronomical objects that emit by these mechanisms, and illustrates how the relevant physical parameters of astronomical sources can be obtained from the radio observations.

Requiring no prior knowledge of astronomy, the two volumes are ideal textbooks for radio astronomy courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, particularly those that emphasize radio wavelength instrumentation and observational techniques or the astrophysics of radio sources. The set enables instructors to pick and choose topics from the two volumes that best fit their courses.


  • Explores radio astronomy instruments and techniques that are important to enable observations
  • Describes astrophysical processes that produce the radio emissions observed in different types of astronomical objects
  • Includes numerous worked examples to demonstrate how the methods are used to solve problems, in addition to advanced material for students with more extensive physics and mathematics backgrounds


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