AST 443/PHY 517: Observational Techniques

Syllabus

Fall 2020

updated 8/23/20
Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays 4-6:50 PM
Room: Physics P118
Instructor: Prof. F.M. Walter (ESS 459; 632-8232; frederick.walter (at) stonybrook.edu)

Office Hours: by appointment


Lecture Schedule

Week Date Topics Reading
1 Aug 24, 26 Introduction;
How Astronomy Functions: From the idea to the paper

Astropolitics: How Astronomy is Funded
WJ: Chapter 1
2 Aug 31, Sept 2 Coordinates and Time
Spherical Trigonometry
Telescopes, Optics, and the Atmosphere
3 Sept 9 Astronomical Resources and Databases
Software Overview
FITS and LaTeX
4 Sept 14, 16 Optical detectors
Intro to Data Analysis & Statistics
Howell: Chapters 2,3,4
WJ: Chapters 2-6
5 Sept 21, 23 Image Analysis
Photometry
Astrometry
Howell: Chapter 5
6 Sept 28, 30 Issues in Data Analysis
Spectroscopy
Howell: Chapter 6
WJ: Chapter 7
7 Oct 5, 7 Time Series Analyses WJ Chapter 9
8 Oct 12, 14 X-ray and Gamma Ray Astronomy Howell: Chapter 7
9 Oct 19, 21 UV and InfraRed Astronomy
10 Oct 26, 28 Astro-Statistics: part II WJ Chapter 8
11 Nov 2, 4 Adaptive Optics
Sub-mm and Radio Astronomy
12 Nov 9, 11 Interferometry
Planetary Astronomy for Astronomers
13 Nov 16, 18 The Future
Reports to 2020 Decadal Survey from NSF and NASA
Poster Session
14 Nov 30, Dec 2 10 minute talks on the observing/analysis projects
15 Dec 7 Wrap-up


*** note: this plan is subject to change ***

Readings

Readings from the textbooks should be done BEFORE the lecture. That way the lecture can be used to clarify, and not just introduce, concepts.

H refers to Howell;
WJ refers to Wall and Jenkins.


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