Università degli studi dell'Insubria

ASTROPHYSICAL TECHNIQUES

A.A. di erogazione 2019/2020

Laurea Magistrale in FISICA
 (A.A. 2019/2020)

Docenti

Anno di corso: 
1
Tipologia di insegnamento: 
Caratterizzante
Settore disciplinare: 
ASTRONOMIA E ASTROFISICA (FIS/05)
Lingua: 
Inglese
Crediti: 
6
Ciclo: 
Primo Semestre
Ore di attivita' frontale: 
48
Dettaglio ore: 
Lezione (48 ore)

The course aims at providing students with the necessary knowledge to understand the physical principles behind modern observational facilities available to astrophysics. We first consider the electromagnetic spectrum (radio, optical, X-rays, high-energies) and then discuss the new information messengers (gravitational waves, neutrinos).

No specific pre-requirements are needed beyond regular basis in analysis and statistics.

1. Reminder about the main emission processes in astrophysics
2. Basic principles of optics
3. Radio telescopes
4. Optical telescopes
5. X-ray telescopes
6. γ-ray telescopes from space
7. Ground based γ-ray telescopes
8. Spectroscopic techniques
9. Radio and optical interferometry
10. Adaptive optics
11. Neutrino telescopes
12. Gravitational wave telescopes
13. In addition, basic knowledge of the python language and of Bayesian statistics.

Lectures and exercises. Depending on the availability, students are encouraged to attend seminars and local scientific conferences about pertinent topics.

Oral examination based on the preparation of an observing proposal about a topic suggested by the teacher after discussing with the student.

Astrophysical Techniques (6th edition) - C.R. Kitchin (CRC Press)
The course is anyway based on sparse material provided by the teacher. Papers and textbook sections will be suggested depending on the specific topic.

The teacher can be contacted via e-mail (stefano.covino@uninsubria.it)

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A.A. 2018/2019

Anno di corso: 1
Curriculum: ASTROFISICA