Stephenson Yang
Phone: 853-3695 (Office)
Room: Bob Wright Centre, BWC A117
e-mail: syang AT

Labs 13:00-17:20 Mondays at Bob Wright Centre A107

Face mask is optional (but recommended) for all f2f lab sessions.

Lectures : 13:00 Thursdays at Clearihue Building D130

Face mask is optional (but recommended) for all f2f lecture sessions.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Lecture Outline:
Probability Distributions and Photon Statistics
Error Propagations, Observing Limits, QE, DQE, and Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Integrating and Photon-Counting Modes
Atmospheric Turbulence and Adaptive Optics
Fourier Transform and Time Series Analysis

Marking Guideline:
The standard university scale (i.e., 90-100% A+, 85-89% A, 80-84% A-, 77-79% B+, 73-76% B, 70-72% B-, 60-69% C+, 60-64% C, 50-59% D, 0-49% F) will be used to convert percentages to letter grades. (Some amount of scaling may occur, if necessary). 

The breakdown of the marks will be:

Laboratory Work                       80%
End-of-Term Exam                    20%

Astronomy 329 Lecture Notes

These lecture notes are password protected.

Chapter 1: Photon Statistics

Chapter 2: Detection Limits

review 3a: background review on telescopes

Chapter 3: Detectors

Chapter 4: Spectrographs

Chapter 5: Atmospheric Seeing

Chapter 6: Adaptive Optics

Chapter 7: Time Series Analysis

Astronomy 329 Lab page is password protected

Lab0 : Setup for remote desktop

Lab1 : Introduction to IRAF and CCD Preprocessing

Lab2 : Properties of CCD

Lab3 : Noise Regimes and Point Spread Function

Lab4 : Photometry

Lab5 : Spectroscopy

iraf etc

A list of constants is also available here for convenience.

A note to remind you to take care of yourself. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress. All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. You are not alone.

Counselling Services

- Counselling Services can help you make the most of your university experience. They offer free professional, confidential, inclusive support to currently registered UVic students.

Health Services

- University Health Services (UHS) provides a full service primary health clinic for students, and coordinates healthy student and campus initiatives.

Centre for Accessible Learning

- The CAL staff are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations . The sooner you let us know your needs the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course. 

Elders' Voices

- The Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) has the privilege of assembling a group of Elders from local communities to guide students, staff, faculty and administration in Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Stephenson Yang (syang AT