The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world. It has a hexagonal primary mirror array 11 metres across, comprising 91 individual 1.2m hexagonal mirrors. SALT has a redesigned optical system resulting in a larger field of view and effective collecting area.
Computational Astrophysics
Computational Astrophysics
Course Outline:
Course Outline:
The use of computers has contributed profoundly to our current understanding of the Universe in many ways. Today, data acquisition (observation), data analysis and theoretical modelling are heavily computerised research fields. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of computational techniques in modern astrophysics. In particular, numerical simulations and analysis techniques as well as basic image manipulation algorithms are discussed and corresponding programming examples are worked through. The programming language is Python.
Syllabus:

Module 1: MonteCarlo simulations – Radiative Transfer Problem

Module 2: Nbody simulations – Large Scale Structure of the Universe

Module 3: Hydrodynamical Simulations – Stellar Atmospheres

Module 4: Image processing – Foreground Star Subtraction / Galaxy Classification
References:

Caltech Astrophysics Course Ay 190
http://www.tapir.caltech.edu/~
cott/ay190/notes/ay190_ 052e33d.pdf 
Ian Stewart's course webpage 2010
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~ims/
teaching/comp_astron/2010/ teaching.html 
Joachim Puls' manual on Monte Carlo Simulations
http://www.usm.unimuenchen.
de/people/puls/lessons/ numpraktnew/montecarlo/mc_ manual.pdf