Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
(Master Course MVAstro0)

Lecturers: Stefan Jordan, ZAH/ARI, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg
Ralf Klessen, ZAH/ITA, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2, 69120 Heidelberg
Time and Location: This is a block course running from September 14th to October 2nd 2009 from 10h to 13h every day. The lecture takes place in the seminar room of Albert Ueberle Street 3-5.
  • Astronomical basics: astronomical observations, methods and instruments; orientation at the celestial sphere; fundamental terms of electromagnetic radiation; distance determination, Earth-Moon system; terrestrial and gas planets, small bodies; extra-solar planets
  • Inner structure of stars: state variables, stellar atmospheres and line spectra; Hertzsprung-Russell diagram; fundamental equations, energy transfer and opacity; nuclear reaction rates and tunneling; nuclear fusion reactions
  • Stellar evolution: Main sequence, giants and late phases; white dwarfs, Chandrasekhar limit; supernovae, neutron stars, Pulsars and supernova remnants; binaries and multiple systems; star clusters
  • Interstellar medium: components, gas dust; ionization and recombination, Stroemgren spheres; heating and cooling; chemical enrichment
  • Galaxies: Structure and properties of normal galaxies and the Milky Way; scaling relations; integrated spectra, luminosity function; cosmological evolution of star formation; Black Holes in galaxies, active galaxies and their properties; unified models
  • Galaxy clusters: optical properties and cluster gas; hydrostatic model; scaling relations; number densities and evolution
  • Gravitational lensing: Concepts, mass distribution in galaxies and galaxy clusters; cosmological lensing effect
  • Large scale distribution of galaxies and gas: Structure in the spatial galaxy distribution; redshift effects; biasing; Lyman-α-forest; Gunn-Peterson effect and cosmic re-ionization
  • Cosmological boundary conditions: Friedmann-Lemaître models, cosmological standard model; origin and evolution of structures; halos of Dark Matter; Formation of galaxies
Tutorial: There are two tutorials per week. The exact days are discussed in the lecture.
Script: A link to the lecture slides is provided HERE.


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