Univ. Bremen
Prof. C. Lämmerzahl
Space Telescopes
(S2, elective, 3 ECTS)
Learning Outcomes:– Understand the basic aspects of science cases for several space telescopes
– Learn about mission scenarios for completed, ongoing and planned space telescopes operating in various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
– Learn about operation principles and technological aspects of space telescope payloads
Knowledge and Understanding:

Applying Knowledge and Understanding:
ProgramIntroduction of completed and planned space telescope missions, payloads and instruments. Space telescopes to be discussed are (i) Hubble Space Telescope, (ii) James Webb Space Telescope, (iii) Telescopes searching for Exo-planets such as Kepler or PLATO, (iv) X-Ray telescopes such as Chandra, XMMNewton and Athena, (v) Gamma-Ray Telescopes such as Fermi and INTEGRAL, (vi) Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) observatories such as Planck, (vii) LISA for the observation of gravitational waves.
The aim is to discuss for each Space Telescope
– the science objectives of the mission,
– the mission scenario and operational aspects,
– the design of the telescope and requirements driving the design,
– the instruments and the underlying technologies.
Description of how the course is conducted
Description of the didactic methods
Description of the evaluation methodsOral exam or written exam
Adopted TextbooksMax Born, Emil Wolf: Principles of Optics
Recommended readings