Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Faculty of Science | Lund University

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Observational Techniques and Instrumentation, ASTM18, 7.5 hp

The course is given the second period of the spring semester in even years.

The course is given in English


The course contains: Electrmagnetic radiation and non-photonic astronomy. The influence of the atmosphere on observations. Derectors for optical and infrared radiation. Detectors for radio waves. Noise characteristics of detectors. Signal-to-noise ratio, quantum efficiency, and detectable quantum efficiency. Light collecting and imaging instruments. adaptive optics and extremely large telescopes. Space observatories. Spatial resolution and MTF. interferometry, visibility, UV-plane and interferometric imaging. Photometry, photometric systems and photometric reduction methods. Spectroscopy, grating, echelle and fourier tramsform spectrometers. Astrometry from earth and from space. Polarimetry and determination os Stokes vector.