PTYS 521

Observational Planetary Astronomy & Remote Sensing

The course surveys current techniques and instrumentation used in observational astronomy, providing students with background that will allow them to consider the observational (empirical) basis of planetary astronomy. With this knowledge, students can begin to design observations to test their understanding of planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and orbital and bulk characteristics. Content includes: design of modern telescopes, optical configurations (e.g. adaptive optics), detectors, statistics, spectrometers and spacecraft instrumentation; UV, optical, infrared, sub-millimeter and radar techniques; basics of radiative transfer.

Course Level: PTYS Graduate Elective
Course Credits: 3
Course Type: Graduate

Semester Section Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2020 Fall 001 Caitlin Griffith