ASTRO 532 - The High Energy Universe
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The most energetic phenomena in the universe arise either through dramatic explosions of compact stars or through the infall of material into deep gravitational potentials. One theme of the course is the nature of accretion disks, which play a central role in the release of energy as material is accreted onto white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. In these compact objects, magnetic fields are of critical importance in producing the observed radiation through a variety of processes, which will be explored. Another theme is the nature of exploding stars, supernovae, and the particles accelerated in their shocks. Gamma-ray bursts, the most extreme shock events known, and a rapidly moving field, will be discussed. Among the other topics will be the X-ray emission from very hot gas in galaxies and galaxy clusters, as well as the X-ray and gamma-ray backgrounds.

ASTRO 532 - The High Energy Universe
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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