Application of commercial off the shelf equipment in meteor astronomy

Ward, William (2017) Application of commercial off the shelf equipment in meteor astronomy. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This explanatory essay discusses the rationale, methods and observational results using modern commercial, off the shelf (COTS) equipment in meteor astronomy. Much of the work is directed at developing spectroscopic observations and combining multi station observations to provide both orbital and compositional information about meteoroids. Papers are presented illustrating examples of the observations made and the significance of the results is discussed. COTS equipment is used primarily due to the reduced unit cost of such items. The cost of a typical system as used in this work, is in the region of £1000 for the camera, lens and grating (at time of writing).

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Work related award. George Alcock Memorial Award 2015 by the Astronomer Magazine (ISSN 0950-138X). This award was for work considered outstanding in the field of observation astronomy and for contributions/observation submissions to the magazine over the preceding serveral years.
Keywords: Meteor astronomy, applied optics, video meteor spectroscopy, commercial of the shelf, meteor spectroscopy, meteor orbits, observational astronomy.
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Supervisor's Name: Sorel, Professor Marc
Date of Award: 2017
Depositing User: Mr William Ward
Unique ID: glathesis:2017-8193
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 09:22
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/8193
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