Astronomy Graduate Courses • Fall 2018


Introduction to Current Research - Astron 290A

Introduction to Current Research

Astron 290A

CCN: 20764

Instructor: Jessica Lu

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.

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Radiation Processes in Astronomy - Astron C207

Radiation Processes in Astronomy

Astron C207

CCN: 22972

Instructor: Aaron Parsons

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.  

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Solar System Astrophysics - Astron C249

Solar System Astrophysics

Astron C249

CCN: 26058

Instructor: Courtney Dressing

The physical foundations of planetary sciences. Topics include planetary interiors and surfaces, planetary atmospheres and magnetospheres, and smaller bodies in our solar system. The physical processes at work are developed in some detail, and an evolutionary picture for our solar system, and each class of objects, is developed. Some discussion of other (potential) planetary systems is also included.

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High Energy Astrophysics - Astron C254

High Energy Astrophysics

Astron C254

CCN: 34082

Instructor: Josh Bloom

Basic physics of high energy radiation processes in an astrophysics environment. Cosmic ray production and propagation. Applications selected from pulsars, x-ray sources, supernovae, interstellar medium, extragalactic radio sources, quasars, and big-bang cosmologies.

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