Nuclear Astrophysics 2

Module PH2061

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

PH2061 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer 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 PH2061 is Shawn Bishop.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

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.

Learning Outcome

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

Preconditions

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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

ArtSWSTitelDozent(en)Termine
VU 4 Nuclear Astrophysics 2 Bishop, S. Donnerstag, 10:30–12:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Media

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Literature

  • 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.

Exam Repetition

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

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