Nuclear Astrophysics 2
Module version of SS 2017 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|SS 2017||SS 2011|
PH2061 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This module description is valid to SS 2017.
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||60 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2061 is Shawn Bishop.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The second semester of this course covers the nuclear physics and astrophysics of explosive stellar phenomena (nova, x-ray bursts, supernova). The production mechanisms of the s-process, r-process and rp-process will be taught, and their astrophysical sites will be understood. Lectures will also cover topics in experimental methods in nuclear astrophysics, such as the measurement of thermonuclear reaction rates, lifetimes of excited nuclear states, high precision nuclear mass measurements, and indirect nuclear measurements of nuclear reaction rates. Additionally, special topics concerning the past interaction of supernova explosions and Earth will be presented. At this point, the student will have learned where the elements beyond iron are produced in our Universe, and the nuclear physics responsible for their production.
After successful completion of this module, the student is able to
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Learning and Teaching Methods
- 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.
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.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.