Pramod S Gupta
Theory and applications of astrophysical radiation processes: transfer theory; thermal radiation; theory of radiation fields and radiation from moving charges; bremsstrahlung; synchrotron; Compton scattering; plasma effects.
Radiative transfer (Specific Intensity, emission, absorption, Equation of radiative transfer, optical depth, Phase functions, Scattering, Radiative Diffusion, Eddington approximation, Two Stream Approximation, Discrete Ordinates, Mean Free Path, Monte Carlo, Gray atmosphere)
Quantum Theory of Radiation (Planck spectrum, Einstein Coefficients, Absorption coefficients)
Classical Electrodynamics (Maxwell's equations, Stokes parameters, Radiation Fields, Relativistic Lorentz Covariance, Radiation from moving charges, Lienard-Wiechert potentials, Larmor formula, Thomson scattering, Rayleigh Scattering, Bremsstrahlung, Synchrotron Radiation)
"Radiative Processes in Astrophysics" by Rybicki and Lightman
Maxwell 1865 "Dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field"
Planck 1901 "On the Law of Distribution of Energy in the Normal Spectrum"
Einstein 1905 "On the electrodynamics of moving bodies"
"Radiative Transfer" by S. Chandrasekhar
"Classical electrodynamics" by J. Schwinger
"The classical theory of fields" by L. D. Landau and E. M Lifshits
"The Feynman Lectures on Physics Volume 2" by R. P. Feynman
"Classical Electrodynamics" by J. D. Jackson
"Classical electricity and magnetism" by W. K. H. Panofsky and M. Phillips
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