Space Astronomy 53958 (7 op/credits)

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Lecturers:

PhD Lauri Alha , Dynamicum 1C18a alha@mappi.helsinki.fi

M.Sc. Jussi Ahoranta, Dynamicum 1D20c jussi.ahoranta@.helsinki.fi

Lectures (2h/week) are held on Thursdays starting on 19.1. at 12:15 o'clock in D115. The four last lectures starting from 29.3. will be held in the computer class D211.

This course includes some weekly homeworks, two exercises and a final examination.

Examination will be held on 23rd of May 12:15-16:00 in Dynamicum room 1D15c (conference room Aurora). Take a pocket calculator with you! Hand in your answers to the exercises before the exam.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:

Astronomical observation techniques in the space

General operation of X- and gamma-ray instruments

Basics of the X-ray optics

Typical X- and gamma-ray targets

Detector characterization and ground calibration methods

HOMEWORKS AND EXERCISES:

Homeworks will be simple preparative calculations related to the exercises.

Exercises will include simple programming tasks. Recommended and supervised S/W is IDL.

LECTURE_2.pdf

THE COURSE MATERIAL WILL BE FOUND BELOW THIS TITLE FOR UPLOADING:

ex_1.pdf

URGENT: DO THE HOMEWORK 2 AND DELIVER IT ON THE NEXT THURSDAY (FEB 2)!

The required scattering factors (f2) for Be, Si and Al can be found at

http://henke.lbl.gov/optical_constants/asf.html

Read the two papers below! They are informative related to the exercise 1.

paper_1.pdf

paper_2.pdf

Excercise 2:

exercise 2

Datafile for exercise 2:

data file

LECTURE_1.pdf

LECTURE_2.pdf

LECTURE_3.pdf

LECTURE_4.pdf

LECTURE_5.pdf

LECTURE_6.pdf

LECTURE_7.pdf