Extreme Ultraviolet Astronomy

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The study of the universe in Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths is a relatively new branch of astronomy. Lying between the X-ray and UV bands, Extreme Ultraviolet has proved to be a valuable wavelength for the study of specific groups of astronomical objects, including white dwarf stars and stellar coronae, as well as the interstellar medium.

This text describes the development of astronomy in the EUV wavelength range, from the first rocket-based experiments in the late 1960s through to the latest satellite missions. Discussions of the results from the most important space projects are followed by an analysis of the contributions made by EUV astronomy to the study of specific groups of astronomical objects. Within this framework, the book provides detailed material on the tools of EUV astronomy, dealing with the instrumentation, observational techniques and modelling tools for the interpretation of data. Prospects for future EUV missions are discussed and a catalogue of known EUV sources is included.

This timely text will be of great value to graduate students and researchers. It is the first to give a complete overview of EUV astronomy, and comes at the end of a major phase of discovery in the field.

martin barstow is a Reader in Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester. His research focuses on the study of hot white dwarfs and the interstellar medium, and he has a strong background in the analysis of astronomical X-ray, EUV, UV and optical data. He served as Detector Scientist for the ROSAT Wide Field Camera, for which he received a NASA Group Achievement Award. He has been involved in the development and operation of EUV and X-ray instruments, including a novel high spectral resolution EUV spectrometer for flight on a NASA sounding rocket.

jay holberg is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona. He has worked extensively in UV and EUV astrophysics in the areas of white dwarfs, the interstellar medium, planetary atmospheres and planetary ring systems. He has conducted pioneering observations in the EUV and far-UV using a variety of spacecraft, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, and Voyagers 1 and 2 for which he received a NASA Group Achievement Award.

Cambridge Astrophysics Series Series editors

Andrew King, Douglas Lin, Stephen Maran, Jim Pringle and Martin Ward

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7. Spectroscopy of Astrophysical Plasmas by A. Dalgarno and D. Layzer

10. Quasar Astronomy by D. W. Weedman

17. Molecular Collisions in the Interstellar Medium by D. Flower

18. Plasma Loops in the Solar Corona by R. J. Bray, L. E. Cram, C. J. Durrant and R. E. Loughhead

19. Beams and Jets in Astrophysics edited by P. A. Hughes

20. The Observation and Analysis of Stellar Photospheres by David F. Gray

21. Accretion Power in Astrophysics 2nd Edition by J. Frank, A. R. King and D. J. Raine

22. Gamma-ray Astronomy 2nd Edition by P. V. Ramana Murthy and A. W. Wolfendale

23. The Solar Transition Region by J. T. Mariska

24. Solar and Stellar Activity Cycles by Peter R. Wilson

25. 3K: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation by R. B. Partridge

26. X-ray Binaries by Walter H. G. Lewin, Jan van Paradijs and Edward P. J. van den Heuvel

27. RR Lyrae Stars by Horace A. Smith

28. Cataclysmic Variable Stars by Brian Warner

29. The Magellanic Clouds by Bengt E. Westerlund

30. Globular Cluster Systems by Keith M. Ashman and Stephen E. Zepf

31. Pulsar Astronomy 2nd Edition by Andrew G. Lyne and Francis Graham-Smith

32. Accretion Processes in Star Formation by Lee W. Hartmann

33. The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae by Sun Kwok

34. Solar and Stellar Magnetic Activity by Carolus J. Schrijver and Cornelis Zwaan

35. The Galaxies of the Local Group by Sidney van den Bergh

36. Stellar Rotation by Jean-Louis Tassoul

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