Photometric Precision and Accuracy.- The High Road to Astronomical Photometric Precision: Differential Photometry.- High Precision Differential Photometry with CCDs: A Brief History.- The Pierce-Blitzstein Photometer.- Johnson Photometry and its Descendants.- The Rise and Improvement of Infrared Photometry.- On the Use of Photometry in Spectral Classification.-
Absolute Photometry: Past and Present.- Optical Region Spectrophotometry: Past and Present.- Measurement of Polarized Light in Astronomy.- Index.- References.
No other current title offers a comprehensive discussion of the development, importance, and practice of astronomical photometry
The importance of standardization has received much attention in recent years, however, especially for space missions and for infrared photometry, as evidenced by a conference on the subject held in Blankenberge, Belgium in May, 2006
This volume will build on that conference as well as the AAS session to be held at Long Beach, California in Jan., 2006
The book will be of particular use to newer generations of researchers who need to see to the standards to which they should aspire in order to improve on the precision produced by the best techniques of astronomical photometry