Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Theoretical Astrophysics

Lecturer: Ralf Klessen
ZAH/ITA, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2, 69120 Heidelberg
Time and Location: Tuesday, 9:05 - 10:50 hours, Philosophenweg 12 -- großer Hörsaal
Thursday, 9:05 - 10:50 hours, Philosophenweg 12 -- großer Hörsaal
Detailed Schedule: The detailed schedule can be found HERE. Lectures will be held in English.
Topics: Theoretical formulation of fundamental processes in astrophysics:
  • Hydrodynamics: derivation of equations of hydrodynamics; virial theorem; ideal and viscous fluids; hydrostatic equilibria; sound waves; supersonic flows and shocks; hydrodynamic instabilities; convection and turbulence;
  • Plasma Physics: collisionless plasma; dispersion relations; longitudinal waves and Landau damping; equations of ideal magnetohydrodynamics; ambipolar diffusion (non-ideal MHD); Alfven waves;
  • Stellar Dynamics: timescales; relaxation processes; Jeans equation; virial theorem for N-body systems; equilibria and stability of self-gravitating systems; dynamical friction; Fokker Planck approximation;
  • Radiation: macroscopic radiation field; emission, absorption, and scattering; radiative transport equations; bremsstrahlung and synchrotron radiation; ionization and recombination; spectra;
Tutorial: Monday, 11:00 - 12:30, Seminarraum 1, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 3-5,
Tuesday, 13:30 - 15:00, neuer Hörsaal, Philosophenweg 12,
with Ralf Klessen and Robi Banerjee

A more detailed schedule of the tutorials is found HERE.
Literature: At this LINK you find a list of recommended books for this course.
Credits: In order to get credits for this course, you have to solve 30% of the homework problems and pass the final exam. Homework assignments can be solved in groups of up to three people. The corresponding workload is 240 hours.
Certificates: The certificates of this course ("Scheine") are available at the secretaries office of the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2., immediately after the end of the lecture period.
Final Exam: The final exam will take place in the large lecture hall (grooßer Hörsaal), Philosophenweg 12, on Tuesday, January 29, during the lecture time (9:15 to 11:00). You can bring one sheet of paper with personal notes and formulae, no other tools (such as books or computer or pocket calculator) are allowed.


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