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Faculty of Science
Department of Physics and Astronomy


PHYS 4330 3.0 W13/14
Radio Science and Techniques For Space Exploration

 

 


Chapter 1 (6 - 31 January, 3 February)
Chapter 2  (5 - 28 February)
Chapter 3 (3 March, 21 March)
Chapter 4 (Document, assignment, 21 March -
               with info on how to write the summary document
Chapter 5 (24 March, 2 April)


Midterm exam (28 February) and info
Final exam (17 April) and info
Final exam equation sheet (will be attached to the exam papers)






 




 

 


Course Description: The course will cover the theory and application of modern radio and radar techniques as they are currently used in deep space exploration and space navigation.

Evaluation Scheme:

Breakdown of Final Grade

Item

Total (%)

In-class quizzes
               5

Term work (4 to 7 "normal" assignments)

25

Midterm test

20

Summary document
             15

Final Exam

35

Total

100

Instructor(s):

Professor Norbert Bartel (Course Director)
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building

Tel: 416-736-5424
E-mail: bartel@yorku.ca

Class Schedule:

Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
12:30 pm - 1:30  pm
  Bethune Rm. 230 (MW) and Rm. 225 (F)

Special Dates:

Event

Date(s)

First class

January 6, 2014

Assignment #1 - #7

TBD

Midterm test

February 28, 2014

Summary document
  April 4, 2014

Last class

April 2, 2014

Final Exam (Chapters 1 - 5)

17 April, 9am - 12pm
TC Rexal

 

Office Hours

Come by my office and see whether I have time, or on
  Mondays and Wednesdays 13:30 14:00 pm:
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building


Required Texts (on 2h reserve in Steacy Library):

Signals and Systems, S. Haykin and B. Van Veen (Wiley)

Radio Astronomy, J. D. Kraus (Cygnus-Quasar)

< style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Radiometric Tracking Techniques for Deep Space Navigation,
< style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">JPL Pub. 00-11, C. L. Thornton and J. S. Borders (Web document)

Introduction to Radar Analysis, B. R. Mahfza (CRC Press)


Alternate Texts:

-- Principles of Digital and Analog Communications, second edition, J. D. Gibson (Prentice Hall)
-- Interferometry in Radioastronomy and Radar techniques, R. Wohlleben, H. Mattes and Th. Krichbaum (Kluwer Academic Publishers)

Course Contents

  1. Signal Processing Fundamentals

  2. Radio Astronomy Fundamentals
  3. Radio Observatory and DSN Instrumentation Fundamentals
  4. VLBI and DSN Applications for Spacecraft Navigation
  5. Introduction to Radar Systems (Radar Fundamantals)


                                          Course Syllabus




Academic Policy Issues:


If illness (or some similar disruption) prevents you from writing a test or from handing
in an assignment, you must notify the instructor on or before the due date. Only in truly
extraordinary circumstances is notification after the due date acceptable.
Students *must* be aware of University policies regarding: a) Academic Integrity
[http://www.yorku.ca/phall/acadintegrity.pdf & http://www.yorku.ca/tutorial/academic integrity/]
and b) Religious Observances [http://calendars.registrar.yorku.ca/examschedules/policy.htm].
Please read the policies in full. As a summary, the rules are as follows:
a) Students are encouraged to work together, but must not plagiarize. So it's OK to work
together to find a solution to a homework problem, as long as you write up the answer independently.
You must write assignments in your own words; identical answers will result in
zeros for all parties involved. Whenever an idea, passage, or data are taken from another
person, this must be acknowledged by using quotation marks where appropriate and by
proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.
Students must also not cheat or impersonate another individual during quizzes or exams.
b) While religious observations are respected, it may well be that a conflict occurs in the
scheduling of assignments or exams. Should a conflict occur, the student should contact
the course instructor before, and not on or after, the due date. By default, assignments
must be handed in before and not after the due date in such cases.

Send comments to: bartel@yorku.ca