Sep 25, 2021  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

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ASTR 5271 - Observational Astrophysics


Provides a high-level introduction to modern observational techniques and instrumentation. Topics covered include use of CCDs for optical observations; factors determining measurement signal-to-noise ratio; detection and measurement methods for optical imaging of astronomical sources; factors determining experimental design; and special considerations for radio and space-based observations. During the course of the semester students carry out an observational project, including project conception, data acquisition and analysis, and presentation of results.

Requisites:
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 1.0 independent study
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to calculate and predict signal-to-noise ratio for CCD observations of astronomical sources.
  • Be able to calibrate astronomical measurements from detector output to physical units.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with optical photometric systems and their definitions.
  • Understand the basics of CCD design and operation.
  • Understand the essential elements of writing successful observing proposals.



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