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Good astrophysics instrumentation programs?

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:48 pm
by vttd
Hi, I'm applying for PhD programs this year and I'm specifically looking for programs that are good in astrophysics instrumentation and observation. I just graduated with a B.A. in physics, so I'm not too familiar with the lesser known astrophysics programs. I've compiled a list of schools I'm interested in which are:

Harvard
UCSC
University of Hawaii
UC Berkeley
Caltech
UCLA

But as those are all fairly difficult to get into I was wondering if anyone could suggest any other schools known for instrumentation? I'd hate to not get into any grad program. Thanks

Re: Good astrophysics instrumentation programs?

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:01 pm
by nathan12343
Arizona, for one. Although, I'm not sure that it will be much easier to get into than some of the schools you mentioned.

Re: Good astrophysics instrumentation programs?

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:43 pm
by shouravv
Arizona is certainly the top one in Astro instrumentation, albeit less strong recently is observational work. Ohio State Astro has a strong instrumentation program and is also strong in observation. Michigan and Chicago has good instrumentation facilities, but I am less familiar with their current projects. You can write to them and ask.

Check this thread for basic intro to the various Astro programs, if you need -
viewtopic.php?f=21&t=2607

Re: Good astrophysics instrumentation programs?

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:08 am
by nathan12343
How very meta, shouravv. I think he meant this thread: http://www.physicsgre.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1536

Re: Good astrophysics instrumentation programs?

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:37 pm
by shouravv
nathan12343 wrote:How very meta, shouravv. I think he meant this thread: http://www.physicsgre.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1536

Thanks, nathan. Yes, I indeed meant that thread. Mea culpa.