- Code ASTR4003
- 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 has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
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:
- Process astronomical observations of flux density in order to calculate physically important parameters such as luminosity and emissivity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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).
To be determined
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
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should have completed PHYS2013 — Quantum Mechanics and PHYS2016 — Electromagnetism, or their equivalents.
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