-- This is the DRAFT Syllabus --
There are 9 weeks of classes in the spring term and we will have a total of 18 lectures (including an extra lecture on the last week to make up for Memorial Day!).
Each lecture will be 1.5 hours.
Key to reading: Main text is Longair.
L - Longair, RB -- Rosswog & Brüggen, ST -- Shapiro & Teukolsky, FKR -- Frank, King & Raine, M -- Melia
(see literature page)
|- Overview: High-energy astrophysics; wave/particle zoo and detectors;
review of basic particle physics/emission mechanisms, intro: gravitational waves
- Short Review from Ay123: Basic stellar structure and evolution, polytropes,
late stage of low-mass stellar evolution, GR, gravitational redshift
- TOV equations for compact stars: White dwarfs and neutron stars
- White dwarf structure and cooling, equation of state
- Massive star evolution and Core-Collapse (Type II, 1bc, ...) SNe, proto-NSs
- Neutron stars, nuclear EOS
RB, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4
Althaus et al., AARv 18, 471, sections 1-4
Lattimer & Prakash 2007
|- Thermonuclear (Type 1a) supernovae.
- Radio pulsars, magnetars, AXPs, SGRs
|- Black hole basics
- Accretion disks
|- Close binaries, LMXBs, HMXBs, binary evolution
- gravitational waves from compact binary coalescence
|- Stellar mass black holes in x-ray binaries. Black hole mass/spin evolution.
- Accretion physics
|- Supermassive black holes, AGNs
|| L18,19 |
|- Gamma Ray Bursts
|- Ultra high-energy cosmic rays