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Astronomy 512 -- Optical/Infrared Instrumentation -- Spring 2006

Th 1/19 Course introduction and objectives Assignment 1
Tu 1/24 The Early History of Infrared Astronomy
Th 1/26 The World's Infrared Instruments
Tu 1/31 The World's Infrared Instruments - Part 2
Th 2/2 Dissecting SpeX
Tu 2/7 TripleSpec Design Process and Motivations
Th 2/9; Tu 2/14 Mechanical Materials Assignment 2
Th 2/16 Mechanical Assembly
Tu 2/21; Th 2/23 Cryostats, Cryogens, and Low-temperature properties of Materials Assignment 3
Tu 2/28 Temperature Measurement
Th 3/2 Vacuum and Vacuum Pumps
Tu 3/14 Fundamental Optics and Optical Design
Th 3/16 Aberrations and Optical Design Considerations Assignment 4
Tu 3/21; OsloChromatic Aberration; Infrared materials; Classical Optical Designs
Th 3/23; Tu 3/28Stops; Infrared Materials; Camera design considerations
Th 3/30; Tu 4/04Detectors; Conductivity in Solids, Semiconductors Assignment 5
Th 4/06; Tu 4/11 Photoconductors and Photovoltaics
Th 4/13Ternary Semiconductors (InGaAs); Arrays
Tu 4/18 Quantum Dots and Wells; Bolometers
Th 4/20 Electronic/Computer interfaces; Labview tourAssignment 6
Tu 4/25 Anti-reflection Coatings, Filters, and Prisms
Th 4/27 Gratings and Fabry-Perots
Tu 5/2 Practical Grating IssuesFinal Project