Our knowledge of the planets, stars and galaxies we see in the sky have been transformed by the detectors we use for state of the art research. This main goal of this course is to provide an overview of the various techniques we use to detect the electromagnetic radiation, from the far ultra-violet through to the sub-millimetre. We will cover the basic underlying principles of the detectors used in astronomy today, their strengths and weaknesses, and practical information on their use which will help the observer.
Lectures and exercises
Detection of Light: From the Ultraviolet to the submillimeter by George Rieke
Form of examination
Oral, January 14 2013.
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