Graduate Courses: 2011-2012
Courses preceded by an asterik are required for first year graduate students.
AUTUMN, 2011 (University Courses Catalog)
|Donald Q. Lamb|
|*ASTR 30500||Radiative Processes in Astrophysics||10:30am-11:50am
|ASTR 30900||Research Project Seminar||1:30pm-4:20pm
|Kyle M. Cudworth|
|ASTR 33000||Computational Physics and Astrophysics||3:00pm-4:20pm
|ASTR 45400||Image Processing (Analysis)||1:30pm-2:50pm
|Richard G. Kron|
WINTER, 2012 (University Courses Catalog)
|*ASTR 30200||Astrophysics II||ARR||Alexei Khokhlov|
|*ASTR 30600||Radiation Measurements in Astrophysics||ARR||Edward J. Kibblewhite|
|ASTR 31500||Dynamics I (Fluids)||ARR||Andrey V. Kravtsov|
|ASTR 36100||Interstellar Medium||ARR||Donald G. York|
|ASTR 43200||High Energy Cosmic Particles||ARR||Angela V. Olinto|
|ASTR 45800||Exoplanets||ARR||Arieh Konigl|
|ASTR 45900||What Make a Planet Habitable?||ARR||Abbot/Ciesla|
|ASTR 4xx00||Exoplanets||ARR||Arieh Konigl|
SPRING, 2012 (University Courses Catalog)
|*ASTR 30300||Interstellar Matter||1:30pm-2:50pm
|Stephen M. Kent|
|ASTR 30700||Preparation for Summer Research Project||1:30pm-2:50pm
|ASTR 31300||Extragalactic Studies||ARR||Hsiao-Wen Chen|
|ASTR 34000||Statistical Methods in Astronomy and Astrophysics||Wed, Fri
|Joshua A. Frieman|
|ASTR 41800||Introduction to Intergalactic Medium Studies||1:30pm-2:50pm
|ASTR 45000||Extreme Optics||10:30am-11:50am
|Edward J. Kibblewhite|
*ASTR 30100 Stars (Detailed Outline)
Introduction to stars (physical and observational), hydrodynamics of self-gravitating fluids, statistical mechanics and equations of state, energy transport, astrophysical nuclear reactions, stellar models, advanced topics.
*ASTR 30200 Astrophysics II
Star formation, main sequence evolution, post-main sequence evolution, degenerate stars, and supernovae.
*ASTR 30300 Interstellar Matter (Detailed Outline)
Interstellar medium, collisionless systems, distribution of stars in the solar neighborhood, stellar kinematics/dynamics, observations of galactic large-scale structure, theory of galactic structure and evolution. (This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4/19/13.)
*ASTR 30400 Galaxies (Detailed Outline)
The observed universe, the universe at high redshift, early universe microwave background radiation, relativistic homogeneous isotropic cosmologies, evolution of structure in the universe, primordial nucleosynthesis. (This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4/19/13.)
*ASTR 30500 Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
Fundamentals of radiative transfer, theory of stellar atmospheres, basic theory of radiation fields, continuum emission processes, atomic and molecular emission, plasma effects.
*ASTR 30600 Radiation Measurements in Astrophysics (Detailed Outline)
Radiation as a random process, optical coherence, and signal analysis in spatial and temporal domains, along with the detection and measurement of radiation with astronomical instruments. (This course is being modified due to curriculum changes 4/19/13.)
ASTR 30700 Preparation for Summer Research Project
Students work with faculty members to select their research project topic and study the published literature related to it.
ASTR 30900 Research Project Seminar
Students present a seminar series based on their summer research projects.
ASTR 31300 Extragalactic Studies
The course will begin with a historical overview of observations of external galaxies and proceed with discussions of on-going research topics in extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. These include known correlations and scaling relations between different galaxy properties, empirical techniques for determining different physical quantities (such as redshifts, ISM metallicity, and mass), formation of elliptical galaxies, chemical evolution, and the re-ionization epoch.
ASTR 31500 Dynamics I (Fluids)
Principles of hydrodynamics and hydromagnetics. Equilibrium and stability of fluid systems in astrophysics. Waves. Shocks. Turbulence.
ASTR 33000 Computational Physics and Astrophysics
Basic computational methods useful for astrophysics, supplemented by specific examples drawn primarily from astrophysics. Starting with basics (e.g., precision, errors and error analysis) and basic computational methods (differentiation, integration/quadrature, Monte Carlo, numerical linear algebra), and then discussing solution of problems posed in terms of ordinary and partial differential equations.
ASTR 34000 Statistical Methods in Astronomy and Astrophysics
An exploration of the variety of statistical methods used in modern astrophysics.
ASTR 36100 Interstellar Medium
Advanced topics in interstellar matter, depending on current forefront reseach and interest of the instructor.
ASTR 41800 Introduction to Intergalactic Medium Studies
Introduction to intergalactic medium studies. The course will begin with a historical overview of absorption-line studies and proceed with in-depth discussion of on-going research topics. These include the re-ionization epoch, chemical enrichment of the universe, and association between luminous matter traced by galaxies and gaseous clouds probed by absorption-line observations.
ASTR 43200 High Energy Cosmic Particles
This graduate level course will focus on high energy particle astrophysics from basic facts to recent discoveries in the study of cosmic rays, gamma-rays, and neutrinos. The course will introduce the main concepts of proposed mechanisms for generating these particles, the past and current detections techniques and observatories, and recent observations. Some particle physics and cosmology will be covered including models of dark matter particles and the effect of cosmic backgrounds on high energy cosmic particles.
ASTR 45000 Extreme Optics
Frontiers in optics will be a review of the state of the art in optics as it paplies to astronomy. Topics to be covered will include
(1) Single dish optics : adaptive optics, building large telescopes and coronography
(2) Interferometers using multiple telescopes
(3) Lasers for guide stars and wavelength control
(4) LIGO and LISA
ASTR 45400 Image Processing (Analysis)
The courses focuses on how to extract information from astronomical raw images on a pixel basis, in situations involving low source light levels relative to background brightnesses. Specific cases considered include detection of AGN variability, high resolution imaging of galactic nuclei, star-galaxy separation, image shear measurements, supernova detection and characterization, planetary transit photometry and direct planet detection. Techniques for accomplishing such tasks include wavelet analysis, deconvolution, image subtraction, adaptive-optics photometry and interferometry. While our main source of information will be the journal articles, the monograph "Astronomical Image and Data Analysis" by Jean-Luc Stark and Fionn Murtagh, Springer 2006, may be a useful reference and is freely available:
ASTR 45800 Exoplanets
The study of exoplanets, planets associated with stars other than the Sun, has become one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of
modern astronomy. This new course will address general questions concerning the detection and characterization of exoplanets and of what we have already learned about the origin and properties of exoplanetary systems and of how they compare with those of the Solar System. This discussion will be placed in the context of models of planet formation in protoplanetary disks, their structure and composition, and their
dynamical interactions with the natal disk, the parent star, and other planets. The course will make use of seminal papers on these topics
and will encourage active participation by the students.
ASTR 45900 What Make a Planet Habitable?
*Dorian Abbot, Fred Ciesla (GEOS 32060) cross listed.*
This course explores the factors that determine how habitable planets form and evolve. We will discuss a range of topics, from the formation of planets around stars and the delivery of water, to the formation of atmospheres, climate dynamics, and the conditions that allow for the development of life and the evolution of complex life. Students will be responsible for reading and discussing papers in peer-reviewed journals each meeting and for periodically preparing presentations and leading the discussion.
ASTR 4xx00 Exoplanets