Nearly all our knowledge and understanding of the planets, stars and galaxies we see in the Universe has been through the use of detectors that are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation. The main goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the principles and applications of the three types of electromagnetic detectors used in Astronomy today, from radio waves through to the far ultraviolet, along with the more recent developments of detector technology. Their strengths and weakness will be discussed, along with practical information on their use which will help the observational astronomer.
Weekly lectures, practical computer exercises using the Python programming language.
Detection of Light: From the Ultraviolet to the submillimeter by George Rieke
Form of examination
Written examination at the end of the course, along with home works during the semester.