Questions about the measurement of light waves whereby the wavelength is classified by its position in the electromagnetic spectrum.

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How do you estimate the error on the height/width of a Gaussian?

I'm trying to fit Gaussians to several lines in a spectrum that I have. Some of them overlap with one another, causing the fitting program that I'm using to not be able to give reasonable estimates ...
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Converting ångströms to km/s

I have a spectral cube (in FITS format) whose spectral dimension is in ångströms. The sampling along the spectral dimension is 0.28A (CDELT=0.28). The observation in the cube is Ha emission of a ...
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What is meant by ionization states?

I am going through the theory of saha equation but I am not able to understand the concept of ionisation state? What are ionization states actually?
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H-alpha velocity fields of spirals falling into a cluster

What kind of impact would you expect ram pressure stripping / tidal interactions / harassment / interactions with the cluster potential (etc!) to have on the h-alpha velocity fields of infalling ...
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How do people derive ionized gas mass from optical emission lines in a galaxy spectrum?

Suppose you had an optical spectrum of a galaxy, and you unambiguously detected emission lines from cooling ionized gas -- both forbidden lines like [O II] 3727AA and [O III] 4959,5007AA, as well as ...
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What would we not know without spectroscopy?

What do we depend on spectroscopy to know about in astrophysics? Or, without spectroscopy, what would remain unknown to us? I want to know how important it is. My wife is studying spectroscopy in ...
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How to use spectral profiles to determine luminosity class?

I know the luminosity classes are: Ia-0 ( Hypergiants ), Ia ( bright supergiants ), ... , VII ( white dwarf ). I also have learned that you can use the presence of absorption lines ( ie. use spectral ...
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Bright lines in a continuum spectrum

Dark lines in a continuum spectrum is common. But are there bright lines too? By the stimulated emission process, the light can also be amplified, right? In this case, we should get bright lines ...
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Convert axis display in ds9

I have a fits file of an echellogram with the axes showing the pixel indices. However, I would like to convert my horizontal axis from pixel to wavelength given that I have a conversion formula for ...