Bracewell, R. (2000). The Fourier Transform and Its
Applications. McGraw-Hill: New York. The classic textbook on Fourier
Burke, B. F., and Graham-Smith, F. (2002). An Introduction to
Radio Astronomy (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. A
very readable descriptive introduction to radio astronomy. Most of the
equations are only presented, not derived.
Christiansen, W. N., and Högbom, J. A. (1985). Radio
Telescopes. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. Principles of
design for a wide range of radio telescopes.
Draine, B. T. (2011). Physics of the Interstellar and
Intergalactic Medium. Princeton University Press:
Princeton. Graduate-level textbook on the interstellar and
intergalactic medium with an extensive discussion of dust emission and
Evans, J. V., and Hagfors, T. (eds) (1968). Radar Astronomy.
McGraw-Hill: New York. The textbook based on the 1960 MIT summer course
on radar astronomy.
Goldsmith, P. F. (ed) (1988). Instrumentation and
Techniques for Radio Astronomy. IEEE Press: New York. Reprints of
classic radio astronomy papers.
Griffiths, D. J. (2012). Introduction to Electrodynamics
(4th ed.). Addison-Wesley. A very accessible introduction to vector
calculus and Maxwell’s equations.
Jackson, J. D. (1962). Classical Electrodynamics. Wiley:
New York. The standard textbook for electromagnetism, with an appendix
explaining systems of units.
Kraus, J. D. (1986). Radio Astronomy. Cygnus-Quasar Books:
Powell, OH. Revised edition of the classic but idiosyncratic general
textbook, with an emphasis on radio telescope antennas and receivers
from an engineer’s viewpoint.
Longair, M. S. (1992). High Energy Astrophysics (2nd ed.).
Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. Two-volume textbook containing
physically insightful derivations of the Larmor equation and formulas
for free–free emission, synchrotron radiation, and inverse-Compton
Lorimer, D. L., and Kramer, M. (2005). Handbook of Pulsar
Astronomy. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. Comprehensive
review of pulsar observational techniques and results.
Lyne, A. G., and Graham-Smith, F. (1998). Pulsar Astronomy (2nd
ed.). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. A very readable book
covering most of pulsar astronomy.
Osterbrock, D. E. (1989). Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae
and Active Galactic Nuclei (2nd ed.). University Science Books: Mill
Valley, CA. The classic text covering free–free continuum and
hydrogen recombination lines at the advanced graduate level.
Pacholczyk, A. B. (1970). Radio Astrophysics. Freeman: San
Francisco. Textbook with mathematically complete derivations of
formulas for free–free emission, synchrotron radiation, and
Rybicki, G. B., and Lightman, A. P. (1979). Radiative Processes in
Astrophysics. Wiley: New York. A very good textbook on radiation
fundamentals and astrophysical emission mechanisms.
Stanimirovic, S., Altschuler, D. R., Goldsmith, P. F., and Salter, C. J. (eds) (2002). Single-Dish Radio Astronomy: Techniques and
Applications. ASP: San Francisco. Everything you wanted to know about
single-dish observing, from the 2001 Arecibo summer school.
Sullivan, W. T. (2009). Cosmic Noise: A History of Early Radio
Astronomy. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. The standard
history of early radio astronomy.
Taylor, G. B., Carilli, C. L., and Perley, R. A. (eds) (1999).
Synthesis Imaging in Radio Astronomy II. ASP: San Francisco.
Everything you wanted to know about interferometry, but were afraid to
ask, from the 1998 VLA synthesis-imaging summer school.
Thompson, A. R., Moran, J. M., and Swenson, G. W. (2001).
Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (2nd ed.).
Wiley: New York. The bible of radio interferometry.
Wilson, T. L., Rohlfs, K., and Hüttemeister, S. (2009). Tools
of Radio Astronomy (5th ed.). Springer: Berlin. For many years, the
only complete radio-astronomy textbook in print; successor to Rohlfs
and Wilson, Tools of Radio Astronomy.
arXiv astronomy and astrophysics preprints, but caveat emptor
as they have not all been refereed.
The Astrophysical Data System (ADS) searches the
astronomy/astrophysics literature by subject, author, etc.
AstroWeb links to most everything astronomical on the web.
http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/Cats.html. The CDS
(Strasbourg astronomical Data Center) collects and distributes
astronomical data catalogues, related to observations of stars and
galaxies, and other Galactic and extragalactic objects.
The online radio astronomy course Essential Radio Astronomy.
The NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. NED is built around a master
list of extragalactic objects for which cross-identifications of names
have been established, accurate positions and redshifts entered to the
extent possible, and some basic data collected. Bibliographic
references relevant to individual objects have been compiled, and
abstracts of extragalactic interest are kept online. Detailed and
referenced photometry, position, and redshift data have been taken
from large compilations and from the literature.
The NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) site describing the
NRAO telescopes, how to propose for observing time, schedule
observations, reduce data, etc.
The NVSS (NRAO VLA Sky Survey) site provides radio continuum views of
the entire sky north of , including a catalog of
sources stronger than 2.5 mJy at 1.4 GHz and
postage-stamp images with resolution.
SIMBAD (Set of Identifications, Measurements, and Bibliography for
Astronomical Data) contains data, cross-identifications, observational
measurements, and bibliographies for celestial objects outside the
Solar System: stars, galaxies, and nonstellar objects within our
galaxy, or in external galaxies.