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Hands-on X-ray astronomy data analysis

Technical University of Denmark

General course objectives:
The aim of the course is to give the students an advanced knowledge to modern techniques of data analysis used in observational X-ray astrophysics, as well as to teach them to estimate the quality of the data and measurements in relation to the relevant theories.

Learning objectives:
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • plan a measurement campaign or Target of Opportunity observations
  • search relevant scientific database to find specific instrument X-ray data
  • perform scientific analysis of X-ray astronomy data
  • exploit X-ray observation products such as images, light-curves, and spectra
  • assess methods for solving a specific problem
  • achieve careful and systematic investigations relating experiment with theory
  • interpret, evaluate and summarize the results
  • write a structured report to present the work and the results

This course aims to train students to plan, acquire, and analyze observational data obtained from various X-ray instruments on-board astrophysics space missions. The course will begin with short introductory lectures on X-ray astrophysics and X-ray instrumentation, followed by lectures and exercises on the practical use of different instruments, data analysis software, and associated tools and pipelines. The participants will work with various software to produce scientific results out of raw data. Observation examples will be provided from currently flying space facilities like the NASA NICER, NuSTAR and Swift, satellites as well as the ESA INTEGRAL and XMM satellites. On the basis of a short project during the last week of the course, the students will apply the acquired knowledge from the hands-on sessions to perform scientific data analysis of high energy astrophysical phenomena observed with the above-mentioned satellites. The processing of actual observations will include source detection, light-curve production, and spectral analysis, as well as the utilization of relevant astrophysical databases and methods.


Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kgs. Lyngby
5 points
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