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Undergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)
SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
We start by learning the physics of radiation and its quantal interaction with matter, then go on to study this interaction in various astrophysical environments to define the nature and limitations of observation. Finally we apply these techniques to several important and characteristic astronomical observations, such as the 21cm radiation of atomic hydrogen used to weigh galaxies, the carbon monoxide emission used to map star nurseries, and the hydrogen Lyman alpha line forest used to determine the distribution of galaxy-forming matter throughout the Universe.
College of Science and Engineering
School of Physics and Astronomy
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