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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Processes in Astrophysics (PHYS 315)

Course Information:

Instructor: Prof. Irwin
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Prerequisites: PHYS 216* (or PHYS 115*) or permission of the Department, PHYS 242*.

Description:

This course relates observable quantities to the physical properties of astronomical sources thereby deciphering the varied nature of the cosmos. Basic physical processes in astrophysics are discussed and applied to diverse systems including planets, stars, the interstellar medium and distant galaxies. Topics include radiative transfer and the perturbation of the signal by instruments, the atmosphere, and the interstellar medium. The main astrophysical emission processes, both continuum and line, are also presented. An evening project using the on-campus observatory will be carried out during the term. 

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