ASTRO 405 - High Energy Astrophysics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Astronomy (ASTRO)
Department: LSA Astronomy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 216, 256 or 286, ASTRO 201, PHYSICS 340 or 360, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 390.
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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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Astronomical phenomena are often violent, naturally producing energetic particles, often under exotic circumstances. This course examines the underlying astrophysics of such objects, beginning with accretion disks and jets of plasma around black holes and other compact objects. We will see how stellar-mass black holes form the rapidly variable X-ray binary sources and how supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies produce quasars. The explosions of massive stars (supernovae) will be studied, which can leave behind a neutron star or black hole. Other topics that will be emphasized are the origin of the X-ray and gamma-ray background radiation fields, the origin of gamma-ray bursts, and the nature of cosmic rays.

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ASTRO 405 - High Energy Astrophysics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521674423
Introduction to high-energy astrophysics., Author: Stephan Rosswog and Marcus Bruggen, Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press 1. paperba 2011
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