Spring 2014 Teaching:
ASTR 3520 "Astronomical Observations and Instrumentation II: Spectroscopy"
introduces students to astronomical spectroscopy. The goal of the current semester is to familiarize students with spectroscopy with an emphasis on data acquisition, reduction, and presentation. The skills learned in this class should be applicable far beyond astronomy. While the class will prepare students to do serious research projects with the SBO 24" and/or the APO 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, the skills learned will be applicable to in many other disciplines and serve the general astronomy student. Spectroscopy is a powerful analytic tool widely used in science and industry. Spectroscopy provides a window into the fundamental nature of matter, its structure, and its interactions with light.
Class: Meets Tu/Th 12:30 - 1:50 PM in Duane G131.
Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 2:00 PM or by appointment.
Course Materials (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:
Current senior graduate student:
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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