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Astronomy 565: Compact Objects

Course Outline

Basics: Compact object overview, condensed matter states, general relativity

Stars: stability, rotation, magnetic fields, structure, cooling, white dwarfs

Neutron stars: structure, size, pulsars, magnetars, cooling

Black holes: gravity waves, binary pulsars, accretion, gamma-ray bursts, supermassive holes, microquasars



Lectures T Th 2:30 - 3:50 PM

Homework (60%)

Term exam (10%)

Presentation (10%)

Term paper (20%) 

Text: Stuart Shapiro and Saul Teukolsky, Black holes, white dwarfs and neutron stars


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