• 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Process astronomical observations of flux density in order to calculate physically important parameters such as luminosity and emissivity.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Understand the properties of radio galaxies and quasars as revealed by non-thermal radiation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 4 x assignments (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hours of lectures (1x2 hour lecture plus 1x1 hour lecture) and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
  • Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 6 hours per week on assignments).


Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASTR8003

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have completed PHYS2013 — Quantum Mechanics and PHYS2016 — Electromagnetism, or their equivalents.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7200 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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