
Detailed Outline of Graduate Program Core Curriculum ASTR 30100. Stars  1. Stars Syllabus Autumn 2017
 Physical properties of the Sun as a star
 Observations: HR diagram
 Basic equations of stellar evolution
 EOS: Ideal gas, Fully electron degenerate, Relativistic electron degenerate, Radiation
 Simple polytropic models: Lane Emden equation
 The Chandrasekhar mass
 Principal Nuclear reactions
 Instabilities: Thermal, Dynamical, Convective, Thin layer
 Simple model of stellar evolution in the (core) log(T) log (rho) plane
 Introduction to radiative transport. The specific intensity. Geometric and optical depth. Thermal radiation. Black body radiation
 Radiative diffusion approx. and the Rossland opacity
 Physical processes that contribute to the opacity: Electron scattering, freefree, freebound, boundbound, Kramer's formulae
 Eddington Luminosity
 Homologous stars and simple models of the main sequence
 Mass loss  Parker's wind equation
 Convection and the Hayashi zone
 Brief intro to star formation and premainsequence evolution
 Post main sequence evolution: Red giant branch, Horizontal branch, Asymptotic giant branch, Planetary nebula phase and white dwarfs, Massive stars and supernovae progenitors
 Supernovae: Type1 Ia, Core collapse SN
ASTR 30300. Interstellar Matter  1. Interstellar Matter Syllabus Winter Quarter 2018
 Photoionization equilibrium
 Thermal equilibrium
 Interstellar radiation fields
 Emission line diagnostics
 Absorptionline analysis /HI gas, 21cm
 Molecular gas, H2/CO /dust, extinction laws
 Dust, extinction laws /stellar feedback (hydrodynamics, and shocks)
ASTR 30400. Galaxies  1. Galaxies Syllabus Spring Quarter 2017
 Overview of basic properties of galaxies using the SDSS survey and other data sets.
 Introduction to modern concepts of how galaxies form and what shapes their observed properties with a galaxy formation model.
 The class is based on material presented in class, reading, and handson exercises working with galaxy catalogs and galaxy formation model.
ASTR 30600. Radiation Measurements in Astrophysics  1. Radiation Theory
 EM Waves and photons
 Blackbody radiation
 Atomic Interactions
 2. Light and Image Formation
 How images are formed
 Fresnel diffraction theory
 Near field, far field regions
 Fraunhoffer diffraction
 3. Signal Processing Theory
 Random fields
 Correlation functions
 Orthonomal functions
 Fourier functions
 Probability theory/Bayesian statistics/Jaynes
 Convolution and deconvolution
 4. Collecting Photons
 Basic optics
 Aberration theory
 Telescope design
 Atmospheric turbulence and adaptive optics
 5. Analyzing Light
 Design of spectrographs
 Photon detectors
 How CCDs work
 6. Photometry
 Stellar magnitudes
 Atmospheric absorption
 Background radiation
 7. Radio Astronomy
 Van Cittert equation
 Radio Interferometry
ASTR 31000. Cosmology I  1. Cosmology I Syllabus Autumn Quarter 2017
 The FLRW metric, observables
 FLRW solutions for useful special cases
 Cosmological parameters
 Realistic universes
 Jeans instability, growth of structure
 Correlation functions, matter power spectrum
 HarrisonZeldovich results
 Nonlinear regime, halo models
 BBN basics, equilibrium equations, freezeout conditions
 Inventory of particles, equilibrium conditions
 Recombination
 Prerecombination dynamics, acoustic modes
 Last scattering surface, damping
 CMB overview, CMB power spectra, inflation
ASTR 49900. Graduate Research Seminar
