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Eric Agol
ASTR 561
Seattle Campus

High Energy Astrophysics

Observed properties of supernovae, x-ray stars, radio sources, quasars. Theories explaining such objects. Origin of cosmic rays.

Class description

This course will cover the various physical processes required for understanding high energy emission (UV, X-ray, Gamma-ray) from astronomical sources. The structure of the class will be to first introduce an astronomical object and the relevant observations using the forefront of astrophysical research, next to discuss the physical principles which might explain those observations, finally to apply the physical principles to the observations. The astronomical objects or phenomena that may be included are cooling flow clusters, isolated neutron stars, the galactic center black hole, the Milky Way, Seyfert galaxies, ultra-luminous X-ray sources, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, X-ray background, scattering halos from X-ray sources, warm intergalactic medium, X-ray flashes, solar neutrinos, X-ray jets, and neutron star binaries.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Problem sets, final project.

50% problem sets, 50% final project


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Eric Agol
Date: 01/04/2006