Astronomy 300b 

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics 

Instructor: Prof. Jill Bechtold

MWF 2-2:50pm
Steward Observatory Room 204

Composite Crab Nebula from APOD Oct. 26, 2006:  Credit: NASA - X-ray: CXC, J
.Hester (ASU) et al.; Optical: ESA, J.Hester and A.Loll (ASU); Infrared:
JPL-Caltech, R.Gehrz (U. Minn)

Astro 300B is a continuation of Astronomy 300A, an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics for junior astronomy and physics majors.  After a review of radiative transfer, special relativity, and classical electrodynamics, we will discuss radiative processes important in astronomy: synchrotron, inverse Compton and Bremsstrahlung emission, and atomic and molecular line formation. Illustrative examples and observations will be presented, primarily from the study of active galaxies, cosmology, and the interstellar and intergalactic medium.

Last update: April 8, 2011

Homework 8 due Monday.  Please also re-work Midterm 2, Problem #13 as part of the homework.


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