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SCP9086379, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2490, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTROPHYSICS LABORATORY 1
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione Astrophysics Laboratory 1 (M-Z) 19/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BOTTACINI EUGENIO ALESSIO (Presidente)
MAPELLI MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione Astrophysics Laboratory 1 (A-L)19/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 RAGAZZONI ROBERTO (Presidente)
VIOTTO VALENTINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of astronomy and/or physics at undergraduate level.

Important Notice:
We call attention that the compulsory course Astrophysics Laboratory 1 is split into two channels. Students must choose one of the two options according to their preference (not depending on any alphabetic criterion).
Please refer to the detailed syllabus to guide your choice.
The program described herebelow refers to one of the two possible channels.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will understand the basics of high-energy astrophysics including radiation mechanisms in the astrophysical context, the state-of-the-art and future telescope technologies for high-energy astrophysics. The lab experience allows the student (in a group of two or three students) to perform analyses of high-energy observations carried out by space-born high-energy telescopes. The student will gain actual research experience, which includes performing imaging analysis, spectral analysis, timing analysis, and fitting of data.
Examination methods: The oral exam will focus on topics addressed during lectures and on a report of a high-energy observation analyzed by the student group during the lab experience.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the student’s performance will be based on her/his oral exam including the report of the high-energy observation analyzed during the lab experience.
Course unit contents: 1) optics of high-energy telescopes: focusing optics, non-focusing optics, detectors
2) current and future space missions, orbits of space missions, earth’s atmosphere, astrophysical and instrumental background
3) high-energy observations, archives and data analyses
4) imaging analysis, spectral analysis, timing analysis and their astrophysical context
5) fitting of data
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lab experience is at the core of this class. As such the ultimate goal for the students is to gain understanding of high-energy astrophysics processes, to gain experience in data analyses, and critical thinking about the lab experience. Hands-on sessions in the computer lab will be performed by groups of two or three estudents. Therefore, theory and hands-on sessions will go hand in hand and they both will be held in the computer lab. As for the assignment, students are asked to report on the high-energy observation analyzed during their lab activity.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will be handed the lecture notes, which will be the main source of information for this class. If students feel the need for more detailed information on specific topics, they can use the book by: Malcolm S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics (3rd edition), Cambridge University Press
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Malcolm S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics (3rd edition). --: Cambridge University Press, --. Cerca nel catalogo