Methods of Radio Astronomy

ASU SES 598/498
Level: Graduate / Senior Undergraduate

Outcomes: technical proficiency in radio astronomical observations and analysis; conversant in recent and historical radio observations; complete at least one observation.

Organization: We will meet on Zoom via ASU Sync. We’ll be setting up a receiver which might require optional in-person action for a limited subset of the class. 

Professor Danny Jacobs
Office: <ASU ZOOM Office>
Email: Daniel.c.jacobs@asu.edu

Lectures

  • Day 1 – Class organization, projects and the Radio Window (pdf)

Books

REQUIRED: Taylor et al 1999 – http://www.phys.unm.edu/~gbtaylor/astr423/s98book.pdf
Recommended Bookshelf: Thompson, Moran, and Swenson https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234450511_Interferometry_and_Synthesis_in_Radio_Astronomy
Recommended Bookshelf: Krause https://b-ok.lat/book/3428130/111902
Recommended Bookshelf: Wilson, Rholfs, and Huttenmeister

Links

Greg Taylor (UNM)’s class: http://www.phys.unm.edu/~gbtaylor/astr423

Jim Condon’s Essential Radio Astronomy class has lots of good notes: https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/courses/era/

Useful derivations and lectures
https://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/radioastronomy/index.htm
https://safe.nrao.edu/wiki/bin/view/Main/2017SummerStudentLectures

Source catalogs. https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/

Data Analysis Tutorials: https://casaguides.nrao.edu/index.php/Main_Page

Data: https://science.nrao.edu/observing/data-archive

Fourier Transform Tutorials
https://betterexplained.com/articles/an-interactive-guide-to-the-fourier-transform/
http://madebyevan.com/dft/
http://www.jezzamon.com/fourier/index.html

Grade:
50% attendance and participation
50% final project presentation and report

Pre-requisites: Electromagnetism, Circuits, Astronomy