Winter Semester 2016/17

Essentials of Advanced Astrophysics (Grundlagen der fortgeschrittenen Astrophysik) (Istituzioni di Astrofisica)


When and where

Thursdays 14:00 - 15:30 s.t. from 20.10.2016 to 9.2.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 s.t. from 25.10.2016 to 7.2.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537

I teach the first part of the course, while Professor Jochen Weller is in charge of the second part.

Lecture notes

(Based on the original by Professor Ralf Bender)

Chapter 1: Overview & limiting factors, 20.10.2016
Chapter 2: The stars: basic observations, 25.10.2016
Chapter 3: The interaction of light and matter, 25.10.2016 and 3.11.2016
Chapter 4: Stellar structure, 8.11.2016 and 10.11.2016
Chapter 5: Stellar evolution, 15.11.2016, 17.11.2016 and 22.11.2016
Chapter 6: Interstellar medium, and the formation of stars and planets, 24.11.2016 and 29.11.2016

(The schedule could still change if needed.)

If you find any typos or have comments, please let me know.

References

I am mostly following this book:
  • Carroll & Ostlie, An introduction to modern astrophysics, second edition, Pearson, 2007
A much abridged, but intuitive, and insightful text I also strongly recommend is this:
  • Maoz, Astrophysics in a nutshell, Princeton, 2007 (second edition published in 2016: only in this edition will you find the up-to-date, useful, chapter on exoplanets)

For each topic discussed in the course, there are of course more specialised texts that contain useful in-depth information. Books I found useful so far include:
  • Rybicki & Lightman, Radiative processes in astrophysics, Wiley, 1979, revised version 2004
  • Pradhan & Nahar, Atomic astrophysics and spectroscopy, Cambridge, 2011
  • Kippenham & Weigert, Stellar structure and evolution, Springer, 1990, revised version 1994, second edition 2012
  • Dopita & Sutherland, Astrophysics of the diffuse universe, Springer, 2003
  • Padmanabhan, Theoretical astrophysics (in three volumes), Cambridge, 2001



Tutorials

  • Group 1: Monday 16:00 to 18:00 in Theresienstr. 27, Room A 027, München.
  • Group 2: Thursday 16:00 to 18:00 in the USM lecture room, Scheinerstr. 1, München.

Exercise sets

(By Nico Hamaus and Matteo Costanzi)

Problem set 1: Due the week starting 24.10.2016;
Problem set 2: Due 3.11.2016;
Problem set 3: Due 10.11.2016;
Problem set 4: Due 17.11.2016;
Problem set 5: Due 24.11.2016;
Problem set 6: Due 1.12.2016;
Problem set 7: Due 8.12.2016;