Graduate Courses

Not all courses are given every year. To ascertain which of the following courses are given in each of the next two years and their times, consult the separate Registrar's Directory of Classes on the web.

ASTR GR6001 Radiative Processes

3 pts. Prerequisites: 3000-level electromagnetic theory and quantum mechanics.

Radiation mechanisms and interaction of radiation with matter. Applications of classical and semiclassical radiation theory and atomic physics to astrophysical settings. Radiative transfer, polarization, scattering, line radiation, special relativity, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, inverse compton scattering, ionization losses, shocks and particle acceleration, plasma processes, atomic structure and spectroscopic terms, radiative transitions and oscillator strengths, curve of growth, molecular spectra.

ASTR GR6002 Physics of The Interstellar Medium and Intergalactic Medium

3 pts.

A survey of diffuse matter in the universe with emphasis on astrophysical processes and their observational consequences. Topics include radiative transfer, dust, ionization, thermal balance, magnetic fields, hydrodynamics, shocks and star formaion in the context of gaseous nebulae and the multi-phase ISM, ICM and IGM.

ASTR GR6003 Stellar and Galactic Dynamics

3 pts.

The theory and observations of stellar and galactic dynamics, with emphasis on study of the formation and evolution of galactic structure and the distribution of dark matter.

ASTR GR6004 Stellar Structure and Evolution

3 pts.

Topics include the physics of stellar structure, stellar atmospheres, radiation transport, nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution, star formation, pulsation, interacting binary stars, white dwarfs, and neutron stars.

ASTR GR6005 Physical Cosmology

3 pts.

Topics include the extragalactic distance scale, Friedmann models, the microwave background, primordial nucleosynthesis, the formation of bound structures, clusters and superclusters of galaxies, measures of the mean density of the university, dark matter, baryosynthesis, inflation, galaxy formation, the particle physics connection.

ASTR GR8001 Observational Astronomy

3 pts. Prerequisites: one year of general astronomy

Detailed introduction to the instrumentation used in astronomy and the methods used to obtain and analyze data. Six main topics are included: the effects of the earth's atmosphere on radiation; astronomical optics and telescopes; detectors; observational methods; data reduction; and statistical methods. All the main observational methods (imaging, photometry, polarimetry, and spectroscopy) are treated.

ASTR GR8002 Extragalactic Astronomy

3 pts.

ASTR GR8003 Astrophysical fluid Dynamics

3 pts.

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics with focus on standad applications of the theory to a variety of important astrophysical situations and objects. A brief introduction to several key numberical concepts. A brief description of the complications that arise when a fluid is magnetized.

ASTR GR8110 The Local Group

3 pts.

ASTR GR8125 Extrasolar Planets

3 pts.

ASTR GR9001-9002 Topical Graduate Seminars

3 pts.

ASTR GR9003-9004 Research, I and II

3 pts.