This course will introduce students to the origins, theory, and practice of radio astronomy. It will cover theory of antennas and interferometers, as well as signal detection and measurement techniques. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theory and applications of Fourier transforms. A practical laboratory component will provide experience working with single-dish and interferometric data.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(IDEA-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be drawn from the following sources (it is not necessary to purchase all books!):
B. F. Burke and F. Graham-Smith, "An Introduction to Radio Astronomy"
K. Rohlfs and T. L. Wilson, "Tools of Radio Astronomy"
A. R. Thompson, J. M. Moran, G. W. Swenson, "Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy"
J. F. James, "A Student's Guide to Fourier Transforms"
|Examination and Assignments: |
Problem sets every other week, 2-3 lab reports, midterm, final examination
|Instructor(s): Hughes,Meredith Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 26||GRAD: 10||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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