Radio Astronomy 2021/22 (astro841)

Dr. Stefanie Mühle, Prof. Dr. Frank Bigiel, Dr. Lydia Moser, Dr. Kaustuv Basu, and guest lecturers


  • Introduction
  • A brief history of radio astronomy (RA)
  • Radiative transfer
  • RA science with spectral lines
  • RA science with continuum radiation
  • The cosmic microwave background
  • Fundamental Physics with RA

  • Fourier Optics
  • Basic principles of radio interferometry
  • Radio telescopes
  • Receivers
  • Backends

  • Observational basics
  • Single-dish observing and data reduction
  • Inferferometric observing and data reduction

  • Hands-on observing project (tbc)