Nuclear Astrophysics 1

Module PH2060

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2060 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2060 is Shawn Bishop.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This is a two-semester course (WS through SS). The first semester covers the physics of stellar structure, hyrdostratic equillibrium, thermodynamics of the stellar interior, thermonuclear reaction rates, and the connection between the structure of nuclei and the reaction rates occurring stars. Additionlly, the connection between the structure of the star and the nuclear physics happening in its core during non-explosive nuclear burning phases will be taught. Here, the student will learn from where the elements from carbon to iron come.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module, the student is able to


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Nuclear astrophysics 1 Bishop, S. Donnerstag, 10:30–12:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

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  • Cauldrons in the Cosmos: Nuclear Astrophysics, C.E. Rolfs & W. S. Rodney, University Of Chicago Press.
  • Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, Donald D. Clayton, University Of Chicago Press.
  • Nuclear Physics of Stars, Christian Iliadis, Wiley-VCH.
  • Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution of Galaxies, Bernard E.J. Pagel, Cambridge University Press.
  • Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis, David Arnett, Princeton University Press.
  • An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Bradley W. Carroll & Dale A. Ostlie, Addison Wesley.
  • Isotopes: Principles and Applications, Gunter Faure & Teresa M. Mensing, Johen Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2061: Nukleare Astrophysik 2 / Nuclear Astrophysics 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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