Well, my background reading might still be a bit behind schedule, but at least I now know a lot more about infrared astronomy (including telluric absorption and suchlike). Suddenly, a lot of the things I’ve read in papers make more sense. In honesty, I think I’m a bit out of practice at reading scientific papeers… But then, I know doctors who occasionally find the same thing, so I can take some solace in that. It’ll get easier with practice.
Still, my reading list is fairly sizeable…
- Star Formation (and associated phenomena, eg: Bipolar Outflow)
- Jeans Instability, Initial Mass Function, etc.
- Molecular Clouds and Dark Nebulae
- Astronomical Interferometry
…as well as a bucketload of papers about both Elias 1 and the Taurus Dark Cloud Complex.
This whole thing is a bit like a house of cards. I’ve just got to take some time to set the first layer of cards. If the foundation’s stable enough, then things won’t come falling down when I’m higher up. Yes, that also means brushing up on my calculus and mechanics…