Techniques of Radio Astronomy

338H
With lab. Equipment, techniques, nature of cosmic radio sources. Radio receiver and antenna theory. Radio flux, brightness temperature and the transfer of radio radiation in cosmic sources. Effect of noise, sensitivity, bandwidth, and antenna efficiency. Techniques of beam switching, interferometry, and aperture synthesis. Basic types of radio astronomical sources: ionized plasmas, masers, recombination and hyperfine transitions; nonthermal sources. Applications to the sun, interstellar clouds, and extragalactic objects. Offered alternate years.

Prerequisites: 

2 semesters of physics and 2 semesters of calculus.

Credits: 

4

Level: 

Undergraduate

Availability: 

Occasional