Fall 2010

High Energy Astrophysics

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-33


Fulvio Melia (Section 01)


This is a junior/senior level course introducing students to the various observational and theoretical aspects of high-energy astrophysics, in which we study how relativistic processes produce X-rays, gamma rays, and other energetic particles. Many of the relevant interactions take place on or near compact objects, such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. But some of the high-energy radiation is also produced in the medium between the stars and some in regions outside of our Galaxy. We will learn how the radiating particles become so energetic, and how they produce the radiation reaching Earth. And we will learn how experimental astrophysicists devise the detectors they need to interrogate this radiation to acquire the information we need to discern what is happening in these very distant sources.

Requisite: Mathematics 12 and Physics 25. Fall semester.  Simpson Lecturer Melia.


2016-17: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010