総合研究大学院大学天文科学専攻

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天文学特別講義Ⅵ / Special LectureⅥ

Lecturer: Richmond, Michael

講義の位置づけ / Method

講義
Lectures

聴講指定等/ Kinds of Registration

〔選択〕、〔5年共通〕、単位互換〔総研大研究科共通、東京大学〕
an elective subject, Student exchange agreement applicable

科目の概要 / Description

天文学各分野の最新の研究成果を講述する。
Lecture by visiting professors of National Astronomical Observatory. A specific research area of astronomy is overviewed.

教育目標・目的 / Leaning Goals

1. To describe the many methods astronomers use to measure distances to celestial objects.

2. To identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method, including recent developments with new instruments.

3. To compute the increasing uncertainties in measurements with increasing distance.

履修上の注意 / Notes

This class will be interactive: students will be asked to examine resources, answer questions and perform Simple calculations in the classroom. Please bring to each class meeting the following: a laptop or tablet, Paper, calculator, pen or pencil.

Students who pay attention in class and answer questions correctly may receive prizes; please let the Instructor know if you are allergic to chocolate.

授業計画 / Schedule

Schedule: Mon 22th, Tue 23rd, Mon 29th, and Tue 30th May

1.
Overview of the Cosmological Distance Ladder
2.
Methods of geometric parallax (local regions of the Milky Way, mostly)
3.
Main-sequence fitting of star clusters (Milky Way and satellites)
4.
Variable stars (Milky Way and Local Group)
5.
Supernovae of different types (low redshift)
6.
Galaxy populations? Gravitational lensing? (high redshift)
7.
Future improvements; discussion of student poster ideas
8.
Presentation and discussion of posters

教科書、参考書等 / Reference Books etc.

The webpage for this course will be http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/ladder/ladder.html

成績評価 / Evaluation and Grading Policy

Scores will be computed based primarily on homework assignments (50%) and calculations performed during class meetings (30%). The final 20% of the score will be based on a poster created by students on a topic of their choice at the end of the class.


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