The course is given in the second semester,
Monday 14:00-16:0 and Thursday
9-10, Shenkar Physics 204
The aim of this course is that the student, given an
scientific question, will determine the observations needed to answer
the question, form an observing program, select the platform, plan the
observations and analyse the data. The class is required for all
and recommended for theorists who want to know how much to believe
Most references are on the Web and will be linked to here. Among
physical books, Kitchen's Observational Techniques (in the Library) and
Cox's Astrophysical Quantities are always good to have.
The grade will be based on exercises and the final exam, probably
- The Celestial Sphere. Terrestrial, Solar, and Galactic
setting. Signal Degradation
- The Phase Space Of Astronomical Measurment. The EM Spectrum. The
- Basic Photometry:
- Bands, filters, S/N, calibration.
- Optical detectors: the eye, photographic plates, CCDs and beyond.
- Shorter than optical: UV, X-ray, Gamma ray detectors and
- Longer than optical, single antenna systems: detectors and
special techniques for infrared and millimeter.
- Interferometers, mostly radio and IR.
- Basic Spectroscopy:
- Resolution, Spectral Range, Calibration
- Filters, Prisms, and Gratings
- Data Mining, Statistics, The Great Observatories
Reading (will be updated throughout course)
Optics. Lectures 9 and 10, especially.
Old but Good
very detailed IR Array reference
, which are possibly the single
most important piece of optics in all of physcs, so check it out.
Set 1--Due March 21
Set 2--Due April 13
Set 3--Due June 2