Spectroscopic Instrumentation – Fundamentals and Guidelines for Astronomers

Our university textbook has 653 pages and contains

  • all spectrograph fundamentals and mathematical basics (standard and echelle) necessary for instrumental designers, student and scientist,

  • fundamental considerations on refractive and reflective optics

  • practical examples (some well-known achievements from the amateur domain are included),

  • periphery instrumentation (e.g., CCD, fibers, image slicers),

  • theoretical and practical aspects of data reduction and consideration of errors,

  • example target physics and

  • prospects in spectropolarimetry.

The book delivers all necessary tools for a complete and detailed spectrograph design for anybody familiar with high-school mathematics. In other words, all relevant calculations are performed in detail – you will not find the frustrating but common phrase “as one can easily see”.