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1. Course title

Radio astronomy

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53854 Radiotähtitiede, 5 op

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP3001 Advanced Studies in Astrophysical Sciences (optional for Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

  • Ward-Thompson: An introduction to star formation

The course can be taken in the first or the second year (it is lectured every other year).

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

The course is lectured every other year, next time in the spring 2023, in period III. If the North-European Radio Astronomy School is organised during the academic year 2022-23, the lecture course will be replaced with participation in this summerschool/winterschool.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Mika Juvela

9. Course learning outcomes

You will become familiar with different types of radio telescopes and their instruments. You are able to plan radio astronomical observations and to write professional observing time proposals, you are able to reduce data both from single dish telescopes and from interferometers, and you are able to use radioastronomical data to determine physical properties of astronomical targets.

10. Course completion methods

Weekly exercises and a final project work. The final project will include the reduction of radioastronomical observations and the analysis and the derivation of basic physical source properties.

11. Prerequisites

Basic course of observational astronomy II (Havaitsevan tähtitieteen peruskurssi II). Basic courses of astrophysics (Astrofysiikan peruskurssi I-II) are strongly recommended.

12. Recommended optional studies

Radiative transfer, Interstellar medium

13. Course content

The course covers the use of radio-wavelength observations in astronomical research, from the planning of observations to the data reduction and final scientific analysis. The emphasis is on practical work. The topics include: radiation quantities in radio astronomy; radio telescopes, receivers, and spectrometers; radio interferometers; observing time proposals; reduction of continuum observations; reduction of spectral line observations; reduction of interferometric observations; derivation of physical parameters from radio continuum and line measurements.

14. Recommended and required literature

  • Lecture notes.
  • Rohlfs: Tools of Radio Astronomy
  • Selected research articles (links will be provided on the course web page)-

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work) and a final project (individual). Total hours 130.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Final grade is based on the exercises (50%) and the final programming project (50%).

17. Teaching language


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