- One Semester or equivalent
- 36 hours
2019 teaching periods
Aims and objectives
To introduce students to the mathematical and physical basis that underlies modern stellar astrophysics. Students will build on their foundation of conceptual astronomy to gain a deeper understanding of key areas in stellar astrophysics. In particular the student will be introduced to the study of the physical basis underlying stars including stellar structure, radiation processes, star formation and evolution models, stellar evolutionary end-points (i.e. neutron stars and pulsars) and the physics of black holes.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the physical and mathematical basis of stellar structure;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of stellar life cycles from birth to death;
3. Communicate topics in modern astronomy research to a non-technical audience.