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Cover; MASER SOURCES IN ASTROPHYSICS; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Intended readership; Previous works; Major developments since 1992; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Masers and lasers; 1.2 Atoms and molecules; 1.3 Electromagnetic radiation; 1.3.1 Response of media; 1.3.2 The wave equation; 1.3.3 Travelling solutions; 1.3.4 Wave modes in a cavity; 1.3.5 Energy density and the Planck law; 1.3.6 Energy density and intensity; 1.4 Light and molecules interacting; 1.4.1 The simplest maser; 1.4.2 Masers and lasers in the laboratory; 1.4.3 Masers in astrophysics.
Written for postgraduates and researchers, this is an up-to-date survey of astrophysical maser sources and their use as astronomical tools.
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