Radio Interferometry SS 2018 (astro8404)

Dr. Stefanie Mühle, Dr. Benjamin Magnelli, Prof. F. Bertoldi

The course "Radio Interferometry: Methods and Science" offers a hands-on overview of major aspects of radio/mm/submm interferometry for master students, PhD students and senior astronomers.

After a brief review of the basics of radio interferometry, the lectures focus on the theory and practical aspects of data reduction and analysis, including special observing modes. In addition, hot topics at the forefront of (radio) astronomical research and the latest developments of selected world-leading radio/mm/submm interferometers will be presented by experts of the respective fields.

The lectures are complemented by a hands-on tutorial, where participants discuss how to reduce interferometric data with the Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package.

As a Master student you can take this course for credit, obtaining 4 CP. Following the hands-on approach of the course, the coursework relevant for the final grade consists of assignments related to the data reduction and analysis of a small interferometric dataset: commented scripts and logs used for the data reduction and analysis, followed by a presentation (Referat, 15 min length) and a short paper summarizing the data reduction, the analysis and the scientific results (5-12 A4 pages). It is expected that "for credit" students attend all the lectures and tutorials and register for the exam on Basis before the deadline!

You are also very welcome to attend if you do NOT want/need to earn credit points. If you consider participating in the course or in part of it, please contact us by 15 March 2018 for getting regular updates concerning the course.

We will offer remote access to the lectures and tutorials on a best-efforts basis (via Zoom or a similar platform). If you would like to follow the course from a remote location, please contact us before 15 March 2018 at "arc at"

Time & date:

Wednesdays, 11 April 2018 - 18 July 2018

10:15-11:45 lecture, 12:00-12:45 tutorial


AIfA Room 0.006 or by remote access


Stefanie Mühle, muehle at, AIfA R. 1.002