Radio Astronomy: Jersey Roots, Global Reach

Andrew Baker (Physics and Astronomy)

Just like Rutgers, the field of radio astronomy- the investigation of the universe and its contents through observations of radio waves- has "Jersey Roots, Global Reach." This seminar will introduce students to the history and practice of radio astronomy with a special emphasis on discoveries made right here in New Jersey, which include the construction of the first radio telescope and the discovery of the cosmic microwave background (i.e., the afterglow of the Big Bang). Students will also learn about scientific and technical advances made by modern radio astronomers, including those on the faculty at Rutgers, and will have the opportunity to work with real data from a radio telescope.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 05 index 10001