Instructor: Professor F.M. Walter (632-8232; frederick.walter_at_stonybrook.edu)
The class is scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9 PM, in ESS 450.
Prerequisite: AST 203 or AST 205 or permission of instructor. PHY 277 is encouraged.
Graduate students should register for PHY 517 (3 credits) or PHY 585 (0 or 1 credit). Grad students will be expected to show a more advanced understanding of the material.
Astronomers explore the universe by detecting and analyzing photons with energies ranging from about 51 Joules to 10-9eV, or a range of about 30 orders of magnitude. One needs very different techniques over this range. We concentrate on techniques for detection of photons from gamma-ray energies (up to a few GeV) to the radio.
Learning Objectives: This is a course in practical astronomy and observing (laboratory) techniques. Students are expected to:
This is partly a lecture course, but mostly a laboratory course. Grades will be based on a combination of homework and projects.
Frederick M. Walter
Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800