1998 Astrophysics Postgraduate Lectures

These lectures are open to all, but aimed at postgraduate astronomy students. This year two 7-week courses will be given at UNSW and two at the University of Sydney.

1998 - IV. Observational Techniques (Sydney, October 6 - November 10)

Coordinator: Tim Bedding bedding@Physics.usyd.edu.au

We encourage all students to stay for journal club at 4-5pm in the same room (preceded by drinks and nibblies).

Tuesdays, 14:30-15:30, Room 320, Physics, University of Sydney
Date Speaker(s) Title
Oct 6 Richard Hunstead Optical identification of radio sources
Oct 13 John Davis Two-aperture stellar interferometry
Oct 20 Tim Bedding Interferometry with big telescopes
Oct 27 John O'Byrne Adaptive optics
Friday Oct 30 Elaine Sadler Observing with the new large telescopes
Nov 10 Anne Green How to find a maser

1998 - III. The Formation of Structure in the Universe (UNSW July 30 -Sep 10)

Coordinators: Michael Drinkwater mjd@phys.unsw.edu.au
Alberto Fernandez-Soto fsoto@bat.phys.unsw.edu.au

Thursdays, 12:00-13:00, Room 27, Physics (Old Main Building), UNSW.

Date Title Speaker
July 30 Star formation Michael Burton
August 6 Star populations in galaxies Lewis Jones
August 13 Galaxy formation Michael Drinkwater
August 20 Galaxy clusters Warrick Couch
August 27 Large Scale Structure I (Galaxies) Alberto Fernandez-Soto
September 3 Large Scale Structure II (QSOs and QSO absorbers) John Webb
September 10 The CMB and the growth of Large Scale Structure Charley Lineweaver

1998 - II. High Energy Astrophysics (Sydney, May 5 - June 16)

Coordinator: Tim Bedding bedding@Physics.usyd.edu.au

We encourage all students to stay for journal club at 4-5pm in the same room (preceded by drinks and nibblies).

Tuesdays, 14:30-15:30, Room 320, Physics, University of Sydney
Date Speaker(s) Title
May 5 Lewis Ball Cosmic Rays
May 12 Simon Johnston Formation and evolution of binary millisecond pulsars
May 19 Simon Johnston The Where, What and Why of Gamma Ray Bursts
May 26 Don Melrose Synchrotron Radiation
June 2 Kinwah Wu Accretion processes
June 9 Carole Jackson The physics of active galaxies
June 16 Kinwah Wu X-rays from accreting compact objects

1998 - I. Statistical Methods in Astronomy (UNSW, March 5 - April 23)

Coordinators: Michael Drinkwater mjd@phys.unsw.edu.au (away March 7-28)
Lori Allen lea@roen.phys.unsw.edu.au

The aim of this course is to give an overview of some common statistical methods used in astronomy and explain some of the terminology. The emphasis will be on examples of what we do with real data rather than the theory (which can be found in the references below).

Thursdays, 12:00-13:00, Room 27, Physics (Old Main Building), UNSW.
Date Speaker(s) Title
March 5 M.Drinkwater Introduction
March 12 M.Burton, L.Allen Numerical Methods
March 19 A.Fernandez-Soto Maximum-likelihood
March 26 C.Lineweaver Parameter fitting-1
April 2 J.Webb Parameter fitting-2
April 9 S.Driver Monte-Carlo methods
April 16 none Easter break
April 23 group discussion Workshop to discuss examples

1997 UNSW Astrophysics Postgraduate Course

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