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Advanced Astronomy - ASTR278

This unit is designed to give students an appropriate background and theoretical understanding of astronomical observations and selected topics in galaxy and stellar evolution. Fundamental limits to sensitivity, angular and spectroscopic resolution are explored, as well as the technology to reach these limits, including active and adaptive optics. Key concepts of multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopy are discussed, including the role of optical fibres. The unit also specifically covers the effects of the earth's atmosphere; detection theory and detectors; and associated image processing techniques. Aspects of galaxy structure, galaxy formation and stellar evolution will be covered that draw upon mathematical methods learnt in first year. This unit involves practical experiments based on some of these concepts and may involve evening work at the University's optical and radio observatory.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Professor Mark Wardle

PHYS201 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): PHYS278
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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