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PAP310 Radio astronomy, 5 cr 
Code PAP310  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Radio astronomy  Abbreviation Radio astronomy 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


The course can be taken in the first or the second year.

The course will be offered in the spring term, in III period. The course is lectured every other year.

Learning outcomes 

You will know the different types of radio telescopes and the instruments used at radio wavelengths. You are able to plan radioastronomical observations and to write professional observing time proposals. You are able to reduce data both from single dish telescopes and from interferometers. You are able to use radioastronomical data to measure physical properties of astronomical targets.

Completion methods 

Exercises and final project work. The final project will include the reduction of actual radioastronomical data, its analysis and the derivation of basic physical properties of the observed target.


Basic course of observational astronomy II (Havaitsevan tähtitieteen peruskurssi II). Basic course of astrophysics (Astrofysiikan peruskurssi) is strongly recommended.

Recommended optional studies 

Radiative transfer, Interstellar medium

  • Radio telescopes, receivers and spectrometers
  • Radiation quantities in radio astronomy
  • Radio interferometers
  • Observing time proposals
  • Reduction of continuum observations
  • Reduction of spectral line data
  • Reduction of interferometric observations
  • Derivation of physical parameters from continuum observations
  • Derivation of physical parameters from line observations
Study materials and literature 
  • Lecture notes.
  • Rohlfs: Tools of Radio Astronomy
  • Selected research articles (links will be provided on the course web page)
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work) and a final project (individual). Total hours 130.

Assessment practices and criteria 

Final grade is based on the exercises (50%) and the final programming project (50%).


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Future examinations
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
cancelled Radio astronomy  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
05.06.20fri 10.00-14.00
Registration Radio astronomy  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
14.08.20fri 10.00-14.00
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