Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jun 03, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASTRO 4410 - Experimental Astronomy

Fall. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 2214 /PHYS 2218  or PHYS 3310  or PHYS 3360 , PHYS 3323 /PHYS 3327 . Recommended prerequisite or instructors’ permission:  ASTRO 3310  or ASTRO 3334 .

J. Cordes, J. Lloyd.

The course covers methods in optical and radio astronomy and selected topics in astrophysics.  Major experiments use techniques chosen from charge-coupled device (CCD) imaging, optical photometry, optical spectroscopy, radiometry and radio spectroscopy.  Observations use the Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory’s 24-inch telescope and a 3.8-meter radio telescope on the roof of the Space Sciences Building.  The course covers the fundamentals of astronomical instrumentation and data analysis applied to a wide range of celestial phenomena: asteroids, main-sequence stars, supernova remnants, globular clusters, planetary nebulae, the interstellar medium, OH masers, and galaxies.  Methods include statistical data analysis, artifact and interference excision, Fourier transforms, heterodyned receivers, and software-defined radio.

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