Observational Astrophysics II / Observationell astrofysik II (1FA211), 10 points


Start: August 30th, 2017, room 1367


Teachers: Nikolai Piskunov and Oleg Kochukhov, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy


Language: English


email: Nikolai.Piskunov-at-physics.uu.se


Goals: Understand how modern telescopes, astronomical instrumentation and detector work. Learn about observing techniques and data reduction methods.


Structure: The course consists of 2 parts: General information about telescopes, telescope optics and mechanics and observational techniques and data reduction. The second part will introduce various astronomical instrumentation and astronomical interferometry.


Requirements for passing: attend most of the lectures (10%), do the homework (30%), successfully complete and turn in lab exercises (30%) and take the exam (30%). This will result in 10 points.


Schedule can be found here


Written exam will happen in the end of October


Lecture Notes and Exercises


Lecture 1 (August 30) Ground-based telescopes

            Home work on ray tracing (due September 11) telescopes.pro

Lecture 2 (September 6) Active and Adaptive optics

Lecture 3 (September 11) Imaging and Photometry

Lecture 4 (September 19) Detectors. Optical detectors

Lecture 5 (September 25) Detectors. Infrared and photon-counting detectors

Lecture 6 (October 4) Spectroscopy, Spectrometers

Lecture 7 (October 11) Introduction to polarimetery

Lecture 8 (October 18) Observing variable objects

Lecture 9 (October 31) Spectroscopic data reduction

Lecture 10 (November 9) Polarimetry and polarimeters

REDUCE Tutorial (November 16) Learning how to reduce spectropolarimetry

Home work presentations (November 23)


Written exam (November 30)