Denmark, Aarhus

Observational Techniques and Tools in Stellar Astrophysics

when 12 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

The course will deal with the practical aspects of planning and executing astronomical observations with high-resolution spectrographs, and subsequently the aspects of data-analysis. During the course hands-on experience with each of these aspects will be obtained with the use of the Stellar Observations Network Group telescope (SONG) on Tenerife.

Course leader

Frank Grundahl, Aarhus University

Target group

Master's students

Course aim

When the course is finished the student is expected to be able to:

- Plan and design a spectroscopic observing programme based on a set of scientific requirements.
- Describe methods for the determination of ultra-precise radial velocities (ThAr and iodine methods).
- Describe basic steps needed in the data-reduction of echelle spectra obtained with a cross-dispersed spectrograph and perform data analysis using the data-reduction software.
- Describe and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of spectroscopic observations for deriving stellar properties.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. Freemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.