Laboratory of Astrophysics

The program


1. Telescopes, detectors, resolution, atmospheric distortion, adaptive optics

2. Wavelength/frequency/energy spectrum. Radio observatories, interferometry, Cherenkov telescope, sites for sky observations, galactic and celestial coordinates, galaxy distribution in the sky

3. Vega and AB magnitude systems, luminosity distance vs. redshift, angular size vs. redshift, the Sloan Sky Digital Survey. Galaxy morphology and galaxy populations, Spectral Energy Distribution (SED), dust: reddening and extinction, grain size distribution, dust extinction law and attenuation law, Galactic extinction correction

4. Star-forming regions in galaxies, galaxy spectra, measuring redshift with spectra, interference of atmospheric absorption, sky emission and cosmic rays on galaxy spectra, dust extinction correction in galaxies, estimating the star formation rate in galaxies, photometric redshift, estimating the stellar mass of galaxies

5. Parco Astronomico Lilio

6. Exoplanets

7. The Cosmic Microwave Background

8. Cosmic chemical evolution, primordial nucleosynthesis, solar chemical abundances, nucleosynthesis in massive stars, cosmic cycling of matter, measuring chemical enrichment in galaxies with emission lines, mass-metallicity relation, different methods used to estimate metallicity

9. The intergalactic medium, quasar spectra, the Lyman-alpha forest, high-redshift galaxies, gamma-ray bursts, chemical enrichment of the universe with absorption lines 


1. Python – An introduction

2. How to give better talks

3. The Cosmic Microwave Background: a concise description