Hans Martin Schmid: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2012

Name Prof. em. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid
Inst. f. Teilchen- und Astrophysik
ETH Zürich, HIT J 22.2
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 73 86
RelationshipRetired Adjunct Professor

402-0352-00LAstronomical Observations6 credits2V + 1UH. M. Schmid
AbstractAstronomical techniques and observing strategies are presented with a particular emphasis on currently available professional telescopes of the European Southern Observatory.
ObjectiveThe course shall provide a basic understanding of the potential and limitation of different types of modern astronomical observations for young researchers. The course will present technical aspects which are important to prepare, to carry out and to calibrate different types of astronomical measurements: photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, polarimetry and others. Many practical examples will be discussed. Also scientific aspects of instrumental projects and observational programs are addressed.
Content1. Introduction: research projects in astronomical observations
2. Observables: electromagnetic radiation, particles
3. Optical telescopes: Opitcs, types, mechanical concepts, examples
4. Detectors: CCDs, IR detectors, basic data reduction steps
5. Photometry: signal extraction, calibration, faint sources, etc.
6. Spectroscopy: spectrographs, calibration, spectral features
7. Polarimetry: measuring principles
8. Speckles and adaptive optics: atmosphere, AO-systems
Lecture notesNotes will be distributed.
LiteratureAstrophysical Techniques, C.R. Kitchin, 2009 (5th edition), CRC Press
Astronomical Observations, Gordon Walker, 1987, Cambridge University Press (a bit outdated)
402-0356-00LAstrophysics Seminar Information 0 credits2SM. Carollo, S. Lilly, M. R. Meyer, J. Read, A. Refregier, H. M. Schmid
AbstractResearch colloquium
402-0369-00LResearch Colloquium in Astrophysics Information 0 credits1KM. Carollo, S. Lilly, M. R. Meyer, J. Read, A. Refregier, H. M. Schmid
AbstractDuring the semester there is a colloquium every week on actual research by the members of the Institute of Astrophysics. In general, colloquia are 20 minutes excluding discussion. They start with a general introduction, review techniques and methods of general interest and present results. The goal is to inform all members of the institute about current work.
ObjectiveA colloquium is a combination of a 10 minute conference paper preceded by a 10 minute widely understandable introduction. The discussion is limited to 10 minutes, but may continue privately. The research colloquia are announced in the ETH Vorlesungsverzeichnis, but are not publicized in the Wochenbulletin of the Department of Physics. All colloquia are given in English.