SH2403 Astrophysics, Advanced Course 6.0 credits

Astrofysik, fortsättningskurs

This is an advanced course in Astrophysics.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P2 (6.0 credits)

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  • Language of instruction


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  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Josefin Larsson <>

  • Teacher

    Felix Ryde <>

    Josefin Larsson <>

  • Target group

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Physics Background

  • Application

    Apply for this course at through this application link.
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Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the most important radiation processes in the Universe.
  • Apply the theories for the production of continuum spectra to calculate the most important properties of the emitting object/medium from observed spectra.
  • Explain the main points of accretion theory and use the theory to solve problems for relevant astrophysical phenomena.
  • Describe Compact objects (black holes and neutron stars) and phenomena related to these objects (e.g., active galactic nuclei, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts).
  • Apply the learning outcomes above to critically evaluate different ways of using high-energy observations to study the properties of compact objects.

Course main content

The course gives a solid foundation in astrophysics, with particular emphasis on high-energy astrophysics. The following topics are covered:

  • Continuum spectra: Compton emission, Synchrotron emission and Brehmsstrahlung.
  • Accretion onto neutron stars and black holes
  • Astrophysical applications of the theory of relativity
  • Compact objects (black holes and neutron stars) and phenomena related to these objects (e.g., active galactic nuclei, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts), with particular focus on relevant radiation processes.


Recommended prerequisites: Astrophysics equivalent to SH2204 and Mathematical methods in physics.


Lecture notes and hand outs.


  • INL1 - Exercises, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Work, 4.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Hand-in exercises (2hp)

Project work (4 hp)

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics


Josefin Larsson,


Josefin Larsson <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2013.