Astronomy 635: FUNDAMENTALS OF ASTROPHYSICS

Nick Kaiser -- Fall 2001


Course Outline

  1. Preliminaries
    1. Special Relativity
    2. Dynamics
    3. Random Fields
  2. Radiation
    1. Properties of Electromagnetic Radiation
    2. Thermal Radiation
    3. Radiative Transfer
    4. Radiation Fields
    5. Geometric Optics
    6. Diffraction Theory
    7. Radiation from Moving Charges
    8. Chenenkov Radiation
    9. Bremsstrahlung
    10. Synchtotron Radiation
    11. Compton Scattering
  3. Field Theory
    1. Field Theory Overview
  4. Matter
    1. Kinetic Theory
    2. Ideal Fluids
    3. Viscous Fluids
    4. Fluid Instabilities
    5. Supersonic Flows and Shocks
    6. Plasma
  5. Gravity
    1. The Laws of Gravity
    2. Collisionless Systems
    3. Evolution of Gravitating Systems
  6. Cosmology
    1. Friedmann-Robertson-Walker Models
    2. Inflation

Lecture Notes

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Joshua E. Barnes (barnes@ifa.hawaii.edu)
Last modified: April 26, 2002
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