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Module RADIO ASTRONOMY & THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

Module code: EP452
Credits: 5
Semester: 1
Department: EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
International: Yes
Coordinator: Dr Neil Trappe (EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS)
Overview Overview
 

The aim of this module is to introduce the main topics and techniques in radio astronomy and outline the physical processes of the ISM (Interstellar Medium), also an important source of radio emission in the Universe.

Specific topics that are covered include:

Radio telescopes & receivers, Radio observing techniques, Radio sources and radiometry, Radio interferometry & principles of aperture synthesis

General properties of the ISM. Physical conditions in HI and HII regions, radiatively excited regions. Interstellar dust and extinction. Masers and stimulated emission processes, Heating and cooling processes, introduction to gas dynamics, molecular clouds and the early processes of star formation, spectral line analysis and observational techniques.

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