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**Statistical Data Analysis:**Error propagation, distributions**,** Monte Carlo method, hypothesis testing, goodness-of-fit, maximum likelihood estimators, least-squares fit, confidence intervals, rank correlation, Bayesian statistics

**Light as Information Carrier:**Electromagnetic spectrum & earth's atmosphere, radiation measurements, timing, imaging, spectroscopy, phase, polarization/spin

**Telescopes and Basic Optics:**Refraction, reflection, two-mirror telescopes, stops and pupils, Fermat's principle, aberrations, diffraction pattern, transfer function, point spread function, optical telescope zoo

**Detectors:**Characteristics, signal-to-noise ratio, detection limits

**Instrumentation in Infrared / Optical / UV:**CCDs, spectrometers, adaptive optics, interferometry

**Instrumentation in Radio Astronomy and CMB Measurements:**Receivers, antennas, interferometers and aperture synthesis, observation methods

**Instrumentation in High-Energy Astrophysics:**Imaging concepts / apertures, detectors:

**Instrumentation in Particle Astrophysics:**Cosmic ray detectors, neutrino detectors, dark matter detectors

**Gravitational Wave Detectors**

**Other topics:**Virtual observatories, electronics, instrumentation in space physics and planetary sciences, electric and magnetic fields, isotopic abundance measurements

**Organization**

Lectures T Th 1:00 - 2:20 PM

Homework (40%)

Term exam (2 at 20% each)

Project presentation (20%)

Text: Glen Cowan, *Statistical data analysis*

C. R. Kitchin, *Astrophysical techniques*

*All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.*