- Code ASTR4020
- Unit Value 6 units
This course is offered in Semester 1 every odd year (eg 2025, 2027)
This course covers the physics of diffuse matter in the universe, and the processes by which that diffuse matter collapses to produce new stars. The first part of the course surveys the physical processes that govern diffuse matter, with particular emphasis on the non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of low-density matter, the mechanisms by which such matter radiates, and the interpretation of observed radation from diffuse material. The second part covers the major phases of diffuse matter in the Universe and their properties. The final part covers the circumstances under which diffuse matter can collapse to form new stars, the dynamics of such collapses, and the relationship between collapse and the properties of the resulting stellar population.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyze the physical processes that govern the low-density matter found in interstellar and intergalactic space, and the radiation produced by such matter.
- Evaluate models for the behaviour of low-density matter, and create simplified versions of such models.
- Communicate analysis of diffuse astrophysical systems.
- Work effectively in groups to solve problems related to low-density astrophysical matter.
- 6 problem sets (40) [LO 1,2,4]
- Oral presentation (30) [LO 3]
- Final exam (30) [LO 1,2]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials per week.
- Approximately 82 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
No specific inherent requirements identified for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium, B. Draine, Princeton University Press
Star Formation, M. Krumholz, World Scientific Publishing
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|17 Feb 2025
|24 Feb 2025
|31 Mar 2025
|23 May 2025