- Celestial co-ordinates and time systems
- Gamma rays to radio waves; thermal and non- thermal sources.
- The electromagnetic spectrum; atmospheric windows
- Photometry, filters, colour magnitudes and colour indices
- Photomultipliers, CCD imaging
- Optical spectroscopy, prism and grating spectroscopy; the detection of extrasolar planets
- The eye as an optical instrument, lens systems, refracting and reflecting telescopes.
- Principles of telescope mount and housing design, control systems.
- Optical seeing, active and adaptive optics, laser guide stars, astronomical site selection, light pollution issues
- Infrared astronomy: detectors, South Pole infrared astronomy and space missions
- Principles of radio and microwave receivers
- Radio interferometry, arrays and aperture synthesis, VLBI.
- High-energy astronomy: design of UV, X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes and detectors
- Neutrino astronomy, gravity wave detectors
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
SWI-AST80004-Exploring Stars and the Milky Way , or SWI-HET603
No special requirements
This subject aims to provide a good understanding of electromagnetic radiation, focusing on both its emission mechanisms and its subsequent detection, with an emphasis on telescopes and their observations. The electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays to radio waves will be covered
- Computer Managed Tests (20%)
- Newsgroups (30%)
- Group Time Assignment Submission (25%)
- Individual Time Assignment Submission (25%)