This course will not be available until 2020.
This course provides an introduction to the physical processes that underlie almost all astrophysical phenomena: radiation and fluid dynamics. The course is split evenly between those two topics, with an emphasis on basic physical processes rather than astrophysical applications. The radiation portion of the class covers the statistical mechanics of radiation fields, radiative transfer, plasma emission processes (free and synchotron radiation), and line formation. The fluid dynamics portion includes derivation of the theory of fluids from gas kinetics, calculation of flows in simple geometry, stability analysis, and supersonic flows and shocks. The overall goal is to provide a grounding in physics suitable for continuing research in astrophysics in more specialised classes at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.
This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Explain the physical processes of radiation emission and radiative transfer, and be able to apply these principles to solve quantitative problems using a variety of mathematical and numerical approaches;
- Explain the fluid approximation and its validity, and be able to solve quantitative problems in fluid mechanics;
- Clearly communicate the results of physical analysis in the areas of radiation and fluid dynamics;
- Work effectively as part of a group on problems in these areas.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- 6 problem sets (60%, LO1-4)
- final exam (40%, LO1-3)
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Workload3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week; average 5 hours per week of problem sets
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsRadiative Processes in Astrophysics, by G. B. Rybicki and A. P. Lightman
The Physics of Astrophysics, Vol. II: Gas Dynamics, by F. H. Shu
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended: PHYS2016, PHYS2201
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