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Principles of Multimessenger Astronomy

Professor Miroslav Filipovic, Dr Nicholas Tothill


Astronomy has traditionally relied on capturing photons from cosmic sources to be able to understand the universe. During the 20th and 21st centuries, different messengers have been added to the astronomer's toolset: cosmic rays, neutrinos, and most recently gravitational waves. Each of these messengers opens a new window on the universe, and a modern astronomer must be familiar with them. The goal of this book is to provide a broad understanding of these messengers and their relationship to each other. The unique physics of each messenger is introduced, as well as the physics of their detection and interpretation. An additional focus is the discussion of techniques and topics that are common to more than one messenger. Principles of Multimessenger Astronomy is designed to be both an introduction and reference to modern astronomy.

Key Features

  • Provides a general reference for all astronomers interested in multimessenger observational astronomy and astrophysics, as well as a teaching resource
  • Explores foundation topics that are useful across messenger and waveband boundaries
  • Includes scientific history, and the operation and use of modern astronomical instrumentation
  • Introduces the use of data from multiple messengers

About Editors

Professor Miroslav D. Filipović is a scientist, philosopher and philanthropist with over 30 years of experience in astronomy. Since May 2002, Professor Filipović is affiliated with the Western Sydney University (WSU), and has been responsible for the development of Astronomy at WSU. He is Chair of the largest public Observatory in Australia (the WSU's Penrith Observatory), and has over 200 refereed publications. His research interests centre on supernovae, high-energy astrophysics, planetary nebulae, Milky Way structure and mass extinctions, H II regions, X-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei, deep fields, and stellar content in nearby galaxies. All of this research is closely related to further our understanding of the interactions between galaxies and the processes of stellar formation and star evolution as they affect galaxy evolution.

Nick Tothill joined Western Sydney University in 2011, where he is now Senior Lecturer in the School of Science and Director of the Penrith Observatory. He is a member of the Astronomical Society of Australia and the International Astronomical Union. His research centres on the interstellar medium of the Milky Way, but includes topics as diverse as high-redshift galaxy surveys, Antarctic astronomy, and cosmic-ray astrophysics.

Table of Contents

Author Biographies

1 Introduction to Multimessenger Astronomy: Fusing Intellect and Technology Through Telescopes
2 Electromagnetic Radiation
3 The Measurement of Cosmic Messengers
4 The Transfer of Electromagnetic Radiation Through Space
5 The Earth's Atmosphere
6 Emission Mechanisms of Electromagnetic Radiation
7 Particle Astrophysics: Gamma Ray, Cosmic Ray, and Neutrino Astronomy
8 Gravitational Waves and Their Production
9 Obtaining and Interpreting Astronomical Data

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G


Hardback ISBN: 9780750323383

Ebook ISBN: 9780750323406

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: AAS-IOP Astronomy


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