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2 - Telescope Techniques, Radio to TeV

from Part I - Discoveries and Techniques

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2022

Andrew Lyne
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Francis Graham-Smith
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
Benjamin Stappers
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
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Describes the diverse techniques used in telescopes for the very wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum covered by pulsar observations. Conventional telescopes for the visible range can be used with suitable high time resolution, while only the lowest energy x-rays can be focussed to form images. Higher x-ray and gamma-ray energies require individual photons to be detected and tracked. The highest energy gamma-rays are detected in Cerenkov air-shower arrays. In contrast to the photon detection of all high-energy radiation, radio telescopes and receivers treat radiation as waves with measurable amplitude and phase, allowing multiple beams to be formed in large phased arrays of radio telescopes.

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Pulsar Astronomy , pp. 24 - 33
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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