Module Details

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Title Advanced Observational Astrophysics
Code PHYS362
Coordinator Dr RP Schiavon
Physics
R.Schiavon@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 7.5

Aims

To introduce students to the experimental techniques which enable astrophysicists to use the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum to study the physics of astronomical objects; to become familiar with the design of telescopes across the electromagnetic spectrum; to understand the physical basis of light detection across the spectrum; to understand observing techniques such as photometry, spectroscopy, adaptive optics, interferometry.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understand and be able to compare and contrast the basic techniques and problems involved in observing all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum

(LO2) Understand and be able to use and experimental concepts, as applied to observational astrophysics, of signal-to-noise ratio, sampling, resolution.

(LO3) Be able to determine the observing technique most appropriate for a given scientific goal

(S1) Be able to plan observations at a variety of wavelengths.


Syllabus

 

Telescopes and detectors. Basic design of telescopes and detectors across the electromagnetic spectrum, with a focus on sub-mm to optical. Physical principles, operations. Spectroscopic/dispersive techniques. Observing and data analysis techniques. Sampling, resolution. Signal-to-noise ratio, data quality assessment. Calibration of raw data. Photometry and spectroscopy. Adaptive optics. Interferometry.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 18

  4

      22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 53
TOTAL HOURS 75

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
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% of
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Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Final Examination There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): Semester 1  2 hours    60       
Class Test under examination conditions, occurs at semester midpoint There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  60 minutes    40       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
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opportunity
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