The nice people at Springer gave me a prize for my thesis. Part of the prize is that my thesis was published as a book in the Springer Thesis Series, and you can, if you are so inclined, purchase it from Springer, Amazon and several other places (even Walmart!). Via the Springer link you can get chapters individually.

The abstract of the thesis is in the April 2011 edition of Observatory Magazine (ADS link: here). If the abstract is too long for you, check out my thesis word cloud for a more visual representation of my thesis abstract.