Astronomy Graduate Courses • Fall 2017

Introduction to Current Research - Astro 290A

Introduction to Current Research

Astro 290A

CCN: 13093

Instructor: Jessica Lu

Monday 4:00 - 6:00PM 635 Campbell Hall

In addition to introducing first-year graduate students and anyone interested to research opportunities with Astronomy faculty and research staff, this class discusses a wide variety of "meta" topics, e.g., how to choose a research advisor, what constitutes a competitive PhD thesis, and standards for ethical behavior in the workplace. Nuts-and-bolts topics such as good programming practices and popular software tools (jupyter, github, sharelatex, and the like) are also covered. Faculty panelists are invited to weigh in with personal perspectives.


CIPS Planet & Star Formation (PSF) Seminar -

CIPS Planet & Star Formation (PSF) Seminar

CCN: 13082

Instructor: Imke de Pater

3:00 - 4:00PM 131 Campbell Hall

The departments of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science offer a joint research seminar in advanced topics in planetary science, featuring speakers drawn from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and visiting scholars. Topics will span planetary interiors; surface morphology; atmospheres; dynamics; planet formation; and astrobiology. Speakers will vary from semester to semester. Meetings will be held once a week for 1 hour each, and the schedule of speakers will be determined on the first day of class. To pass the class, participants will be required to give a 30-minute presentation, either on their own research or on …


Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar - Astro C285

Theoretical Astrophysics Seminar

Astro C285

CCN: 13084

Instructor: Eliot Quataert

Monday 12:00 - 1:00PM 131 Campbell Hall

The study of theoretical astrophysics.


Cosmology Seminar - Astro C290C

Cosmology Seminar

Astro C290C

CCN: 13088

Instructor: Martin White

1:00 - 2:00PM 131 Campbell Hall

Weekly seminar on research in cosmology, typically featuring outside speakers.


Radiation Processes in Astronomy - Astro C207

Radiation Processes in Astronomy

Astro C207

CCN: 13090

Instructor: Aaron Parsons

T TH 11:00 - 12:30AM 122 Barrows Hall

An introduction to the basic physics of astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate level. Principles of energy transfer by radiation. Elements of classical and quantum theory of photon emission; bremsstrahlung, cyclotron and synchrotron radiation. Compton scattering, atomic, molecular and nuclear electromagnetic transitions. Collisional excitation of atoms, molecules and nuclei.  


Stellar Structure and Evolution - Astro 252

Stellar Structure and Evolution

Astro 252

CCN: 46572

Instructor: Eliot Quataert

T TH 2:00 - 3:30PM 501B Campbell Hall

Equations of stellar structure, radiative transfer and convection, thermonuclear reactions and stellar energy generations; stellar models, degenerate configurations, evolutionary sequences, supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, nucleosynthesis.


Planetary Astrophysics - Astro C249

Planetary Astrophysics

Astro C249

CCN: 67235

Instructor: Courtney Dressing

MW 10:00 - 11:30AM 501B Campbell Hall

Introduces graduate students and advanced undergraduates to the dynamic field of planetary systems. We will cover the instruments and techniques used to detect and characterize planets, planet formation, interior structures of planets, planetary dynamics, planetary atmospheres, habitability, and biosignatures. As part of the course, students will discuss current journal articles and conduct original research.