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.
PH2078 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2078 is Hans-Thomas Janka.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Observations and Phenomenology of stellar explosions
- Supernova types
- Basics of stellar evolution
- Introduction to astrophysical fluid dynamics
- Neutrino and radiation transport
- Physics of stellar collapse and explosion
- Cosmic gamma-ray bursts
- Explosive nucleosynthesis
After successful participation in the module the student has attained the following abilities:
- Knowledge of the theoretical and observational classification of supernovae.
- Understanding of the basics of stellar structure and evolution towards the final stages.
- Derivation of scaling relations from differential equations.
- Basic knowledge of the fundamental physics that plays a role in stellar explosions.
- Overview of the phases and physical processes in supernova explosions.
- Understanding of the important role of supernovae in astrophysics, nuclear physics, neutrino physics, and gravitational physics.
Theoretical Astrophysics (introductory course) is advantageous but not mandatory.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Explodierende Sterne||Janka, H. Müller, E.||
Learning and Teaching Methods
Black board, overhead slides, in exceptions also projections from laptop.
See Literature above, which is partially in English.
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.
There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.