- Code ASTR8003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science
This course is usually offered every odd year (eg 2019)
The course is based on the theoretical development of non-thermal emission processes from relativistically moving plasma containing high energy relativistic particles and the inference of source parameters from the observation of non-thermal emission in the radio through to the high energy gamma ray region of the spectrum.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students
- Are able to process astronomical observations of flux density in order to calculate physically important parameters such as luminosity and emissivity.
- Can analyze the synchrotron radiation field from astronomical sources in order to calculate parameters such as magnetic field orientation, the minimum energy of radiating plasma and parameters related to the polarization of the radiation.
- Can analyze the combined inverse Compton and synchrotron emission from astronomical sources in order to estimate the magnetic flux density and energy density of the radiating plasma.
- Are able to calculate the effect of relativistic motion on the radiation from non-thermal and thermal plasma and to incorporate relativistic effects into estimates of physical parameters.
- Understand the properties of radio galaxies and quasars as revealed by non-thermal radiation.
4 x assignments each worth 25%. LO 1-5.
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10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of work on assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
High Energy Astrophysics, by Malcolm S. Longair, Cambridge University Press, 2011
Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, by George B. Rybicki and Alan P. Lightman, John Wiley, 1986
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