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


Start: September 5th, 2017, room 1245 ITC(!) at 10:15


Teachers: Nikolai Piskunov, Oleg Kochukhov and Sofia Ramstedt, 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 look in depth in particular techniques. This year it is measurements of magnetic fields (polarimetry) astronomical radio interferometry.


Requirements for passing: attend most of the lectures (10%), do the homework (30%), successfully complete and turn in lab exercises (30%) and complete the lab (30%). No exam this year! This will result in 10 points.


Schedule can be found here



Lecture Notes and Exercises


Lecture 1 (September 5) Ground-based telescopes

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

Lecture 2 (September 11) Active and Adaptive optics

Lecture 3 (September 26) Radioastronomy at sub-mm wavelengths

Lecture 4 (October 4) Astronomical detectors

Lecture 5 (October 16) Interferometeric observations in sub-mm domain

Lecture 7 (November 4) Introduction to polarimetery

Lecture 6 (November 6, 13:15) AO presentations and Spectroscopy

Lecture 8 (November 13) Observing variable objects

Lecture 9 (November 20) Polarimetry and polarimeters

ALMA Data analysis lab (November 27)