Univ. Bremen
Prof. Dr. C. Lämmerzahl
Science, Astronomy and Exploratory Missions
(S2, compulsory, 3 ECTS)
Learning Outcomes:Participants are able to discuss science cases for space and exploration missions, measurement schemes and payload as well as technology requirements on payload and mission.
Knowledge and Understanding:
Applying Knowledge and Understanding:
PrerequisitesExperimental Physics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Optics
ProgramIntroduction to completed and planned space missions are given. Examples are:
(i) Gravity Probe A for testing the gravitational redshift,
(ii) Gravity Probe B for testing the gravitomagnetic Schiff effect,
(iii) Cassini for Saturn exploration and testing the gravitational time delay,
(iv) Pioneer for planetary exploration and testing the gravitational field in the Solar system,
(v) MICROSCOPE for testing the Equivalence Principle,
(vi) LISA for searching for gravitational waves and the technology mission LISA pathfinder,
(vii) GRACE and GRACE-FO for satellite based geodesy,
(viii) ACES on the ISS for testing relativity and establishing space-based metrology,
(ix) further missions testing Special and General Relativity using quantum optics,
(x) asteroid and comet missions HAYABUSA and Rosetta.
For each mission the requirements on the payload technology, spacecraft technology, and on the mission scenario will be derived.
Description of how the course is conducted– Contact hours (lecture + exercise): 28 h (2 h x 14 weeks)
– Preparation, learning, exercises: 28 h (2 h x 14 weeks)
– Preparation for exam: 34 h
Total working hours: 90 h
Description of the didactic methods
Description of the evaluation methodsWritten exam
Adopted TextbooksA list of references will be provided at the start of the semester.
Recommended readings