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Astronomy 542: Nebular Astrophysics

Course Outline

Equilibria: Photoionization equilibrium, thermal equilibrium

Spectra: Emitted spectrum (line &  continuous), radiative transfer, spectral diagnostics

Dynamics: Photoionization modeling, nebular dynamics, shock physics

Matter: Interstellar dust, molecules, PDRs, PAHs, IR-radio, H II regions, abundances, chemical evolution, planetary Nebulae

High-Energy Processes: Novae, supernova remnants, jets, WR shells, active galactic nuclei, UV, x-ray and radio emission



Lectures M W F 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Homework (25%)

Presentations (25%)

Term exams (50%)

Text: D. Osterbrock and G. Ferland, Astrophysics of gaseous nebulae and active gaseous nuclei

A. G. G. M. Tielens, Physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.