The course attempts to introduce undergraduate students to astronomical knowledge beyond the optical spectrum, so that they get a concise picture of the Universe that surrounds us.
- Special mention is given to radioastronomical techniques (single dishes - interferometers)
- Students will learn, in some detail, about electromagnetic emission mechanisms (Plank - Synchrotron - ionised gas)
- Review of near-Earth and distant radio sources
- Formation and evolution of shock waves
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to radio astronomy – Radio telescopes – The radio-Sun and the solar system at radio waves – The radio sky – The centre of our Galaxy – Supernova remnants (Classification, evolution of supernova remnants, shock waves) – HII regions – Neutral hydrogen – Molecular radio astronomy – Infrared astronomy – X-ray and γ-ray astronomy – Radio galaxies and quasars.
Additional bibliography for study
Βιβλίο : Tools of Radio Astronomy [electronic resource], Th. L. Wilson, K. Rohlfs, S. Huettemeister
Βιβλίο : Radiative Processes in Astrophysics [electronic resource], Rybicki
1. A fundamental paper on receiver calibration (Kutner & Ulich 1981, ApJ, 250, 341)
2. Two papers on antenna patterns (Bench et al. A&A, 365, 285; Bench et al. A&A, 365, 275, both in 2001)
3. A paper on testing receiver stability by Ossenkopf (A&A, 479, 915, 2008), to be read after the basics about receivers are understood.