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402-0353-63L  Observational Techniques in Astrophysics

SemesterHerbstsemester 2016
DozierendeK. Schawinski
Periodizitäteinmalige Veranstaltung
LehrspracheEnglisch


KurzbeschreibungThe course introduces analysis techniques, the basics of astronomical instruments, real-world observational tools, data reduction strategy and software packages used in astrophysics research. The course will also include discussions of current topics in astrophysics with a focus on active galaxies. The course will include the reduction and analysis of real data from a variety of observatories.
LernzielThe goal is to acquaint students with the basics of a range of astrophysical observation techniques including the modern software tools needed to analyze data.
InhaltMajor topics include:
-Scientific programming and analysis tools
How to set up your computing environment, data management, catalog generation and the Virtual Observatory, collaborative tools
-Optical imaging and spectroscopy:
Basics of observatories (ground vs space), multi-wavelength data, detector types, reduction and analysis strategies for imaging and spectroscopic data, types of spectrographs, interpreting spectra including stellar and galaxy evolution models
-X-ray, IR and radio astronomy
Basics of X-ray and high energy detectors and telescopes, spectral fitting, basics of radio astronomy, interferometric observations, aperture synthesis, source confusion and decomposition
-Planning of observations and proposal writing.
-Analysis of real-world data
Various examples from across the spectrum (ground and space-based)
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesAstrophysics I is required and Astrophysics II is recommended. Some programming skills in Python or similar languages are necessary.