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The scientific requirements for extremely large telescopes : proceedings of the 232nd symposium of the International Astronomical Union held in Cape Town, South Africa, November 14-18, 2005 / edited by Patricia Ann Whitelock, Michael Dennefeld, and Bruno Leibundgut.


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International Astronomical Union. Symposium (232nd : 2005 : Cape Town, South Africa)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2006.
  • Book, Conference Proceedings
  • xxii, 517 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Part I. Plenary Session-- Part II. Parallel Sessions-- Part III. Plenary Session.
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Publisher's Summary:
Following the inauguration of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the international ELT community met in Cape Town to discuss the next generation of telescopes - those with apertures in excess of 20m. This volume presents the results of their deliberations, starting with reviews of the scientific needs emerging from the exploitation of the present generation of large telescopes and an examination of the technical lessons that might be transferred to larger telescopes. Scientific discussions cover four broad themes: galaxy formation, galaxy evolution and cosmology; stellar populations; the intergalactic medium; and exoplanets and star formation. The status of the various projects is discussed with details of site testing, detector development and an emphasis on adaptive optics which will be critical for these extremely large telescopes. Much of the discussion of IAU S232 is reproduced in detail, providing a real flavour of the controversial issues.
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Whitelock, P. A. (Patricia A.)
Dennefeld, Michel.
Leibundgut, B. (Bruno)
IAU symposium and colloquium proceedings series, 1743-9213 ; no.232
IAU symposium and colloquium proceedings series no. 232.

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