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Photons in Astrophysics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Poshak Gandhi
Academic year

Module overview

The main radiation mechanisms dominating astrophysical processes are discussed and examples are given of the situations in which they are most important. We show how the physical conditions, e.g. the temperature, density and magnetic field strength, can be determined from the emitted radiation in astrophysical situations, such as stars, galaxies and the nuclei of active galaxies. Detection techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum are investigated. The course is fundamental to our interpretation of astrophysical data and so is vital for all astronomers. However it is very much a physics course and so is also of use to students who are not taking astrophysics degrees. This aims to connect taught physics with the beginnings of astronomical research. The content requires a strong mathematical foundation.

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PHYS2001 AND PHYS2003 AND PHYS2006 AND PHYS2023 AND PHYS2024