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Introduction to Solar Radio Astronomy and Radio Physics


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I Introduction.- 1.1. Short History of Solar Radio Astronomy.- 1.2. General Views of the Sun.- 1.3. Some Astronomical Fundamentals.- II Instrumental Background.- 2.1. Fundamentals of Radio Observations.- 2.2. Radio Telescope Aerials.- 2.3. Radio Astronomy Receivers.- 2.4. Polarization Measurements.- 2.5. Absolute Calibration Experiments.- 2.6. Spectrography.- 2.7 Interferometry and Heliography.- 2.8. Aperture-Synthesis Methods.- III Phenomenology of Solar Radio Emission.- 3.1. The ‘Quiet’ Sun.- 3.2. The Slowly Varying Component.- 3.3. Solar Continuum Bursts (a): Microwave Bursts.- 3.4. Fast-Drift Bursts.- 3.5. Slow-Drift Bursts.- 3.6. Continuum Bursts (b): The Type IV Burst Complex.- 3.7. Noise Storms.- 3.8. Solar Radio Pulsations.- IV Theory of Solar Radio Emission.- 4.1. Basic Properties of the Solar Atmosphere as a Plasma Medium.- 4.2. Fundamentals of the Emission and Propagation of Radio Waves.- 4.3. Single-Particle Approximation: An Account of Direct Radio Emission Mechanisms.- 4.4. Cold-Plasma Approximation: Some Aspects of Synchrotron Radiation and Cerenkov Radiation.- 4.5. Warm-Plasma Effects: Gyroresonance Absorption and Plasma Waves.- 4.6. Wave-Mode Transformations: Wave-Particle and Wave-Wave Interactions.- 4.7. Instabilities and Coherent Emission.- V Integration of Radio Astronomy into Solar and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.- 5.1. Estimation of Solar Plasma Parameters.- 5.2. The Flare Phenomenon.- 5.3. Particle Acceleration and Energy Release.- 5.4. Particle Radiation and Radio Waves.- 5.5. Shock Waves and Magnetospheric Disturbances.- 5.6. Burst Origin and Flare Theories.- 5.7. Summary and Prospects.- Literature.- List of Symbols.

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