Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II 2018 - 2019 (autumn)
I-II 2019 - 2020 (autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • After this course the student knows how radio astronomy can be used to study astronomical objects, how radio astronomy complements the data collected with other instruments, and where radio astronomy is the only/superior method for collecting data.
  • The student understands the basic principles of radio telescopes and receivers, from radiometers to bolometers, as well as the various observing methods.
  • She/he can plan and even conduct an observing session at a radio telescope for a given astronomical problem.
  • The student identifies the challenges that radio astronomy faces with the increasing electromagnetic interference, as well as the efforts to avoid them.
  • She/he is able to describe the current developments and future prospects in radio astronomy.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Fundamentals of astronomy and radio astronomy. Radio astronomy in Finland.
  • Radio astronomy antennas and receivers.
  • Single-dish radio astronomy and observing methods.
  • Very Long Baseline Interferometry.
  • Radio emission from the Sun, Galactic objects and extragalactic sources.
  • Cosmic Microwave Background.
  • Life in the Universe and search for intelligence.
  • Radio frequency & electromagnetic interference.
  • Future of radio astronomy.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises, learning assignments, observation work, examinations

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work: observation work 10 h, exercises and learning assignments 57 h, examination and preparation 20 h.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

S-92.3146 Radio astronomy

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

ELEC-E4210 Introduction to space. Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and radio technology.

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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

language class 3: English


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