ASTRO 500

Modern Observational/Instrumentation Techniques


Matthew A. Bershady

COURSE SCHEDULE / Spring 2017


Lecture Topic Reading (by topic #) [Key] Homework / due date
# Date # / title or topic

1 T 17 Jan 01. Overview M 1.1-1.2, 2.1-2.3, 4, 9.6; W 1, 2, Appendix-B; S 17; K 3.1; G 5, 6, 10
2 R 19 Jan       Magnitude systems HW-1 assigned
3 T 24 Jan       Statistics and errors
4 R 26 Jan 02. Digital detectors M 1.3-1.9, 5.1, 5.5, 7-9, 11; W 8 HW-1 DUE [solutions]
5 T 31 Jan       S/N and NIR arrays
6 R 02 Feb 03. Telescopes and optics
      Basics
M 3, 6.1-6.3; W 3; S 2, 4, 6-9 HW-2 assigned
7 T 07 Feb       Designs-1:
      Aberrations
8 R 09 Feb       Designs-2:
      WIYN
9 T 14 Feb       Designs-3:
      SALT
HW-2 DUE [solutions]
10 R 16 Feb       Observing W-2
T 21 Feb Midterm-1 exam
11 R 23 Feb 04. Imaging cameras
      SALTICAM, RSS, ODI
HW-3 assigned in class
12 T 28 Feb 05. Spectroscopy-I:
      Dispersive systems
M 4.2, 5.2, 6; W 5; S 12, 13, 15; K 4; G 3, 12
13 R 02 Mar       Spectroscopy-I:
      Diffraction gratings
Bershady 2010 "3D Spectroscopy in Astronomy"
14 T 07 Mar       Spectroscopy-I:
      VPHg and novel application
Burgh et al. 2007, PASP, 119, 1069 HW-3 DUE
15 R 09 Mar 06. Spectroscopy-II:
      Long-slits and ADCs
HW-4 assigned
16 T 14 Mar       Spectroscopy-II:
      MOS: imaging vs fiber
17 R 16 Mar       Spectroscopy-II:
      Echelles
G12
T 21 Mar Spring Break
R 23 Apr
18 T 28 Mar       Spectroscopy-II:
      WIYN Bench
Bershady et al. 2008
Knezek et al. 2010
HW-4 DUE [solutions]
19 R 30 Mar       Spectroscopy-II:
      SALT RSS
T 04 Apr       Spectroscopy-II:
      continued
20 R 06 Apr Midterm-2 exam
21 T 11 Apr 07. Spectroscopy-III:
      Interferometry
M 5.4; W 5; S 13; K 4; G 2, 12
22 R 13 Apr 08. 3D spectroscopy:
      Fiber coupling
Bershady 2010 "3D Spectroscopy in Astronomy" HW-5 assigned
23 T 18 Apr       3D spectroscopy:
      Lenslets and slicers
24 R 20 Apr       3D spectroscopy:
      Current performance
25T 25 Apr       3D spectroscopy:
      Futures: 30m's + JWST
HW-5 DUE [solutions]
26 R 27 Apr 09. Data processing
      Preliminaries
M-9,10,11
27 T 02 May       Image analysis
      Aperture photometry &
       Image structure
M 4.1, 5.1, 7, 11.6-11.7
R 04 May Midterm-3 exam



Key

  • M = McLean
  • W = Walker
  • S = Schroeder
  • K = Kitchin
  • G = Gray

Last updated: 02 Apr 2017
Matthew A. Bershady