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Photonics Spectra
Dec 2006
Cambridge.gifPart of the Cambridge Observing Handbooks for Research Astronomers series, the second edition of the Handbook of CCD Astronomy considers higher-performance electronics to control and read out CCDs, better analog-to-digital circuitry and better manufactured devices. The 222-page publication discusses characterization, including quantum efficiency, readout noise, dark current, pixel size and binning, and gain and dynamic range. It includes sections on imaging and on spectroscopy, photometry and astrometry, as well as CCDs used in space and at short wavelengths. Researchers in physics, chemistry, medical imaging and remote sensing also will find it useful. Charts, diagrams, exercises, references and an index are provided. Steve B. Howell; Cambridge University Press, UK, 2006; $39.99, paperback, $95, hardbound.

The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
remote sensing
Technique that utilizes electromagnetic energy to detect and quantify information about an object that is not in contact with the sensing apparatus.
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