Astronomy Graduate Courses • Fall 2017

CIPS Planet & Star Formation (PSF) Seminar -

CIPS Planet & Star Formation (PSF) Seminar

CCN: 13082

Instructor: Imke de Pater

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

The study of theoretical astrophysics.


Cosmology Seminar - Astro C290C

Cosmology Seminar

Astro C290C

CCN: 13088

Instructor: Martin White

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


Stellar Structure and Evolution - Astro 252

Stellar Structure and Evolution

Astro 252

CCN: 46572

Instructor: Eliot Quataert

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

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.