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AST 380E · Radiative Processes & Radiative Transfer    1   2  


Tests
There will be four in-class tests, approximately one every four weeks. The tests will not involve detailed calculations, but will require conceptual answers and explanations. The tests will count for 1/3 of the grade.

Presentations
Each student will give a 20 minute presentation on a topic related to radiative processes. The presentation will count for 1/6 of the grade.




Schedule (approximate)

 
Topic
R&L reading
 
 
Radiative transfer
ch. 1.1-1.4
 
 
Rad transfer cont'd + relativity
ch. 1.5-1.8, 4.1
 
 
E&M review
ch. 2.1
 
 
Radiation fields
ch. 2
quiz #1
 
Radiation from moving charges
ch. 3
 
 
Bremsstrahlung, Synchrotron
radiation

ch. 5,6
 
 
Compton Scattering
ch. 7
quiz #2
 
Schrodinger's eq.
ch. 9.1, 9.2
 
 
Spin, Multi-electron atoms
ch. 9.3 & 9.4
 
 
Perturbation theory, radiation
ch. 10
quiz #3
 
Hydrogen, helium spectra
 
 
 
Molecular structure
ch. 11
 
 
Molecular vibration and rotation
 
quiz #4
 
Student presentations
 
 
 
Student presentations
 
 





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