The first two thirds of this course covers stellar and exoplanetary atmospheres and spectroscopy, including the physics of line formation, equlibrium versus non-equilibrium statistical mechanics in stellar and planetary atmospheres, and the interpretation of spectra. The last third provides a broad survey of exoplanets, including formation mechanisms, exoplanetary evolution and cooling, and observational techniques used to discover and characterise exoplanets.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyze stellar and planetary spectra using a variety of numerical and analytic tools;
- Analyze observations and theory relating to formation and evolution;
- Evaluate models for stellar and planetary spectra, and for planet formation and evolution;
- Effectively communicate physical analyses relevant to the course topics;
- Work collaboratively on problems relevant to the course topics.
- 4 problem sets (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Oral and/or written presentation (30) [LO 3,4]
- Final exam (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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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 (average 6 hours per week on assignments).
No specific inherent requirements identified for this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Theory of Stellar Atmospheres: An Introduction to Astrophysical Non-equilibrium Quantitative Spectroscopic Analysis (2014)
Star Formation, Mark Krumholz, World Scientific (2015)
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