TÄHT7039 Radio Astronomy and Interferometry 6 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Silja Pohjolainen, Talvikki Hovatta
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X
Preceding studies
The knowledge of Fourier transforms and basics of emission mechanisms are obligatory prerequisites.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will have basic knowledge of radio astronomy and interferometric imaging. The student will have the ability to propose observations, observe, and reduce single dish and interferometric radio data, and understand the technical limitations. The student will know the main radio sources on the sky and understand how their emission is created and how they can be best observed.


Basics of radio astronomy, methods of analysis, and research at wavelengths ranging from sub-millimeter to kilometer waves: quasars, pulsars, transients, molecular clouds, solar eruptions. Main current and future radio instrumentation: ALMA, LOFAR, SKA, radioheliographs, other space-based and ground-based instruments. Theory and practice of interferometric imaging, both astronomical and solar. The course contains exercises and data analysis tasks.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h
Exercises 12 h 0 h

Independent work

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

Min 50% participation to demonstrations is required.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring
5. year spring

MSc-degree students, year 1 or 2

Study materials

Lecture Notes and parts of books:

K.Rohlfs: Tools of Radio Astronomy, Springer-Verlag 1996.
Very Long Baseline interferometry and the VLBA.
ASP Conference Series, Vol. 82, 1995 (http://www.cv.nrao.edu/vlbabook/),

M.Reid: Low-Noise Systems in the Deep Space Network, Jet Propulsion
Laboratory California Institute of Technology

Synthesis Imaging in Radio Astronomy II:
http://cdsads.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/nph-abs_connect?bibstem=aspc volume=180.

J. J. Condon and S. M. Ransom: Essential radio astronomy

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Physics Education Track
Degree Programme in Physical Sciences
DP in Theoretical Physics
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