Fall 2017 Teaching:
ASTR 3510: "Astronomical Observations and Instrumentation I: Imaging"
introduce students to the principles of instrumentation used in astrophysics, planetary science, and space physics. The first semester emphasizes imaging while the second semester emphasizes spectroscopy. This course (the first semester) explores the physics and use of telescopes, visual-wavelength imaging with CCDs, photometry, and astrometry. We will also review imaging at other wavelengths including gamma and X-rays, UV, infrared, and radio.
Class: Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00- 3:15 PM in Duane E-126
ASTR 3730: "Astrophysics I "
This is a course in introductory Astrophysics, designed to approach the subject in greater depth than is provided by the elementary, introductory courses. It starts with an overview of the mechanisms for the creation of photons in astronomical objects, and moves on to apply the general framework to understanding modern astrophysics. This class emphasizes the properties of stars, star formation, stellar evolution, the formation of stars, planets, multiple-star systems, and star clusters, and the physics of galactic interstellar media.
Class: Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30- 1:45 PM in Duane G-131
Office hours: See Syllabus.
Course Materials (Syllabus, lectures, homework, solutions)
Research and Outreach:
The insterstellar medium, star formation, feedback and the self-regulation of star formation.
Formation of clusters and massive stars. Protostellar outflows and jets.
Molecular Clouds. Astrobiology. Black-holes and cosmology.
Observations from visual to radio wavelengths. Instrumentation. Major recent projects
Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey
Herschel Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL).
Recent PhD receipients:
I give popular talks on astronomy and cosmology to the general public and
amateur astronomy groups. Bo Reipurth and I have written a popular
The Birth of Stars and Planets
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