Introduction to theoretical Astro Physics
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.
PH2080 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered irregular.
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 PH2080 is Hans-Thomas Janka.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Existence of cosmic structures: Dimensional estimates on the basis of fundamental physical principles.
- Gravitation, celestial mechanics, gravitationally bound systems: Application to the question of the existence of dark matter and the search of extrasolar planets.
- Hydrostatics and stellar structure: Stellar structure equations, stellar properties, stellar evolution.
- Theory of radiative transfer: Processes, transport equations, applications.
- Astrophysical plasmas: Equations of state, conservation laws.
For each of these theoretical topics and concepts astrophysical examples will be discussed, e.g. stars, binary stars, galaxies, black holes, the early universe.
After successful participation in the module the student has attained the following abilities:
- Understanding of the existence of cosmic structures of different sizes on different scales.
- Knowledge of astrophysical methods for mass determination, of arguments for the existence of dark matter, and of methods for the search for extrasolar planets.
- Elementary knowledge of stellar structure and evolution.
- Understanding of methods and application of radiation transport phenomena in astrophysics.
- Basic knowledge of the description of thermodynamics and laws of motion of astrophysical plasmas.
At least four semesters of physics study.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||An Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics||Janka, H. Müller, E.||
Learning and Teaching Methods
Black board, overhead slides, in exceptions also laptop projection.
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.