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**Basic Material:** Radiative transfer terms definition and usage**,** fundamental equation of radiative transfer and source function**,** electromagnetic spectrum regions and relationship to blackbody radiation**,** Einstein A and B coefficients

**Fields:** Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves**,** power emitted from accelerated charges (amount, angular pattern, and polarization)**,** four vectors and covariance**,** relativistic transformations involving E and B fields

**Spectra and Scattering from Moving Charges:** Physical basis of free-free and synchrotron radiation**,** spectrum of free-free, cyclotron, and synchrotron radiation, Compton scattering cross section and effect on spectrum**,** inverse compton scattering

**Plasma Effects:** Plasma effects of rotation measure and dispersion measure

**Atomic and Molecular Structure and Spectra:**

Basic atomic structure ofsingle-electron and multi-electron atoms, spectroscopic notation,definitions of permitted and forbidden emission lines, free-boundradiation spectrum, thermal, natural, and collisional line broadening,energy levels of diatomic, molecules and symmetries, rotation-vibrationspectra of molecules

**Organization**

Lectures T Th 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Homework (15%)

Presentations (20%)

Participation (15%)

Final exam (50%)

Text: Rybicki and Lightman, *Radiative processes in astrophysics*

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