SH2403 Astrophysics, Advanced Course 6.0 credits

Astrofysik, fortsättningskurs

This is an advanced course in Astrophysics.

  • Educational level

    Second cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

    D
  • Subject area

    Physics
  • Grade scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 17 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.

Eligibility

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

Literature

Lecture notes and hand outs.

Examination

  • INL1 - Exercises, 2.0, grade scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project Work, 4.0, grade 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

Contact

Josefin Larsson, jlarsson@particle.kth.se

Examiner

Josefin Larsson <josla@kth.se>

Version

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