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Academic year
ERR200 - Astrophysical processes
 
Owner: RAMAS
3,0 Credits (ECTS 4,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 75 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Examination 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c   22 Oct 2005 pm V,  07 Jan 2006 am V,  24 Aug 2006 am V

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RAMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN RADIO ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE, Year 1 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Univ lektor  Ulf Torkelsson



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

None

Aim

The course gives an overview of the various types of objects that are studied in astrophysics and the physical processes that occur in these objects. Special emphasis is put on the processes that generate the electromagnetic radiation that is observed.

Goal

After the course the student should be able to explain common astrophysical terms, and be familiar with the classification of stars and the ways to measure the fundamental properties of stars, such as their distances, luminosities, temperatures and masses. The student should be familiar with the common radiative processes in astrophysics and be able to use them to derive the physical conditions in the environment in which the radiation is formed. The student should be familiar with the structure of atoms, and be able to calculate the influence of the atoms on the radiation field in astrophysical sources. The student should be able to describe common astronomical instruments, and calculate their properties. The student should have gained knowledge of the internal structure and evolution of stars, and be able to include this knowledge in models of astrophysical systems.

Content

An overview of astronomical objects. The measurement of cosmic distances.
Keplerian motion and determination of masses. An introduction to statistical physics.
An introduction to special relativity. Electromagnetic radiation and plasma processes.
Atomic structure. Stellar structure and evolution.

Organisation

Four hours of lectures and two hours of problem solving classes per week.

Literature

Carroll, B. W., & Ostlie, D. A., 1996,
An introduction to modern astrophysics,
Addison-Wesley Publ. Comp., Reading, Mass., USA

Examination

Written exam


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