Spring 2008

Observational Techniques in Optical and Infrared Astronomy

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-37


James D. Lowenthal (Section 01)


Offered in alternate years with Astronomy 38. An introduction to the techniques of gathering and analyzing astronomical data, particularly in the optical and infrared regions of the spectrum. Telescope design and optics. Instrumentation for imaging, photometry, and spectroscopy. Astronomical detectors. Computer graphics and image processing. Error analysis and curve fitting. Data analysis and astrophysical interpretation. Evening laboratories to be arranged. Requisite: Two courses of Physics and one of Astronomy 24, 30, 35 or 51. Not open to first-year students. Second semester. Professor Lowenthal.