Jun 10, 2023  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23
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ASTR 5201 - Stellar Astrophysics and Radiation

Introduction to radiative transfer, including radiation mechanisms, and formation of spectral lines; discusses the physics of the cold interstellar medium and its relationship to star formation; and provides an overview of stellar evolution and stellar remnants, including white dwarfs, supernovae, and neutron stars.

Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to describe the dominant constituents of the cold interstellar medium and the primary means for their detection and measurement.
  • Be able to use the radiative transfer equation to describe the effects of light interacting with diffuse matter.
  • Have a quantitative understanding of the equations governing stellar structure.
  • Show familiarity with the nature of degenerate matter and its manifestations in stellar remnants.
  • Understand the phenomenology of stellar evolution.
  • Understand the physical basis of the dominant radiation mechanisms in astrophysical settings.
  • Understand the relationship between atomic structure and spectral lines, and the relationship between line broadening and the curve of growth.

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