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Module ASTRONOMY AND ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTATION

Module code: EP252
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Department: EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
International: Yes
Coordinator: Dr Emma Whelan (EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS), Dr Neil Trappe (EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS)
Overview Overview
 

The aim of this module is to introduce students to a range of topics in modern astronomy, as well as astronomical telescopes, instrumentation & techniques.

Astronomy: Celestial coordinates & time, the ISM, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, binary systems, exoplanets, gamma-ray bursts, the cosmological distance ladder, large-scale structure, introduction to special relativity.

Astronomical instrumentation: Telescopes, resolution, aberrations, atmospheric seeing, Schmidt telescope, active optics, adaptive optics, optical detectors; Radio telescopes, interferometry; X-ray telescopes, other wavebands.

Open Learning Outcomes
 
Open Teaching & Learning methods
 
Open Assessment
 
Open Autumn Supplementals/Resits
 
Open Pre-Requisites
 
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