PHYS4161 Advanced Astrophysics (2018/19)
Astronomical Techniques and Advanced Imaging
18 lectures in Michaelmas Term
Additional: Astrophysical Techniques, C. R. Kitchin (CRC Press, 5th Edition)
Syllabus: Introduction to astronomical techniques, review of optical theory, propagation of light through the atmosphere, adaptive optics, interferometry, spectroscopy. The material is illustrated through examples from the field of exoplanet detection and characterisation.
Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
18 lectures in Epiphany Term
Additonal: Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, G. B. Rybicki and A. P. Lightman
Syllabus: Review of radiative transfer, accelerated charges, Compton processes, synchrotron and Bremsstrahlung, photoionisation/recombination, line formation, abundances, dust, plasma effect, RM and group velocity.
2 lectures in Easter Term, one by each lecturer.
Lectures: 2 one-hour lectures per week
Problem exercises: See https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/problems/