ESSENTIAL
RADIO ASTRONOMY

1. Introduction:
   A. What is Radio Astronomy
   B. Early Radio Astronomy
   C. The Radio Universe


2. Radiation Fundamentals:
   A. Brightness & Flux
   B. Radiative Transfer
   C. Blackbody Radiation
   D. Larmor's Formula
3. Antennas & Radiometers:
   A. Antenna Fundamentals
   B. Reflector Antennas
   C. Filled Apertures
   D. Interferometers
   E. Radio Telescopes
   F. Radiometers

4. Thermal Emission:
   A. HII Regions
   B. Free-Free Emission

5. Nonthermal Emission:
   A. Magnetobremsstrahlung
   B. Synchrotron Power
   C. Synchrotron Spectrum
   D. Synchrotron Sources
   E. Inverse Compton
   F. Extragalactic Sources

6. Pulsars:
   A. Pulsar Properties
   B. Pulsar Timing

7. Spectral Lines:
   A. Recombination Lines
   B. Line Radiative Transfer
   C. Recombination Sources
   D. Molecular Lines
   E. The HI Line

Supplementary Material:
   A. Index
   B. Essential Equations
   C. Constants & Units
   D. References & Links
   E. Problems & Solutions
   F. Fourier Transforms

 

ESSENTIAL RADIO ASTRONOMY

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