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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


ASTRO 404. Galaxies and the Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Douglas O Richstone

Prerequisites: MATH 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 340. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/dor/courses.php

The topic of this course is the study of galaxies, the building blocks of the Universe. Because galaxies tie together physics from stellar to cosmological scales, they are excellent laboratories in which to develop a "big picture" view of astronomy. This course will spend approximately equal amounts of time on theory and observation, and will endeavor to present a broad and up-to-date view of the field. By the end of the course, you will be able to start reading journal articles and attending seminars and have a pretty good idea of what people are talking about. You should also be prepared to start doing original research.

This course is designed for science concentrators interested in a fairly serious introduction to the subject, and for upper-level Astronomy concentrators. You will need to have taken an introductory level Astronomy course (like ASTRO 160 or 112), calculus and basic differential equations (MATH 115, 116, and 216 or the equivalent), and general physics (the equivalent of PHYSICS 140/141, 240/241, and 340/341). ASTRO 402 (Stellar Astrophysics) is extremely useful background, but is not required.

Course requirements: There will be weekly homework assignments which will comprise 50% of your grade. There will also be weekly reading assignments. In addition, every student will do a final project which will comprise 25% of the grade. There will be a written report and a short (10-15 minute) presentation on the project. At the end of the course, there will be a take-home final exam which will comprise 25% of the grade. Several homework assignments and most final projects will be computer based, and will require basic knowledge of plotting software like IDL or Supermongo, and possibly some programming in Fortran, C, or C++. Developing these skills will be one of the goals of this course.

Textbooks:

  • Primary texts (in bookstore):
    An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by Carroll & Ostlie
    Galaxies in the Universe, by Sparke & Gallagher
  • Optional text (in bookstore):
    Galaxy Formation, by M. Longair
  • Other supplementary texts (graduate level)
    Structure Formation in the Universe, by T. Padmanabhan
    Cosmological Physics, by J. Peacock
    Galactic Astronomy, by Binney & Merrifield

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ASTRO 531. Stellar Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard L Sears (rlsears@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course deals with the internal structure and evolution of stars and with stellar atmospheres, the interpretation of stellar spectra. The first part surveys observations and theory relevant to stellar interiors, then follows the physics of stellar models — equations of state, energy transport, energy production; model computations; and stellar evolution from the main sequence to final states. The second part of the course treats the basic hydrostatic equation in optical depth, stellar hydrodynamics, opacity and the continuum, the physics of absorption-line profiles, model atmosphere computations, and the construction of spectral syntheses to obtain abundance of the chemical elements in stars.

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ASTRO 532. The High Energy Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel N Bregman (jbregman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 acereted 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.

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ASTRO 534. The Extragalactic Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Douglas O Richstone

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ASTRO 535. Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel N Bregman (jbregman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/jbregman/Ast535.html

In this course, we will discuss atomic and molecular processes, along with interactions of radiation and matter, and the latest pertinent observations will be applied toward understanding the physical, ionization, thermal, chemical, emission, and absorption properties of the interstellar medium. Attention will be given to fill regions, planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, cool neutral gas, molecular clouds, hot or X-ray-emitting gas, and particulate "dust" grains. In addition, the global and evolutionary properties of gas and dust in our Galaxy will be carefully examined.

Text: Diffuse Matter in the Universe.

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ASTRO 690. Theoretical Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Special topics in Theoretical Astrophysics. Topics to be decided by instructor.

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ASTRO 691. Observational Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Special topics in Observational Astrophysics. Topics to be decided by instructor.

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ASTRO 699. Special Problems.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A course on problems in astronomy. Content varies by term and instructor.

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ASTRO 901. Research in Theoretical Astrophysics.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Research in theoretical astrophysics. The universe displays a wonderful diversity of structure spanning an enormous range of scales in mass, length, and time. The physical character and dynamic history of many of these astrophysical systems — stars, galaxies, the entire Universe — are not fully understood. Michigan theoretical astrophysicists are working to improve our understanding of how the Universe, and the structures within it, came to be. Topics of interest include development of the early Universe, inflation, formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, star formation and cosmology, and dynamics of astrophysical fluids. Much work is guided by observations from optical telescopes, such as the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT telescope, as well as several NASA missions.

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ASTRO 902. Research in Observational Astrophysics.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Using large telescope facilities, research is done in observational astrophysics at the two 6.5 m telescopes of the Magellan Project at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, the 2.4-m Hiltner and 1.3-m McGraw-Hill telescopes of the MDM Observatory in Arizona, and the 26 m radio telescope at Peach Mountain Observatory near Ann Arbor.

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ASTRO 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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ASTRO 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate (Prerequisites enforced at registration). (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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