Astronomy 380E - Fall 2010
RADIATIVE PROCESSES AND RADIATIVE TRANSFER
MWF 10-11 · RLM 15.216B · Unique No. 47770
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Course Web Page
Course information, including homework assignments, solutions, and lecture notes, will be made available within the University’s Blackboard Learning System: https://courses.utexas.edu
Milos Milosavljevic, Assistant Professor
Office location: RLM 17.220
Phone and voice mail: (512) 471-3397
This is a graduate course designed to lay the foundations of radiative processes and transfer in the astrophysical context. Radiative processes entail the interaction of charged particles, neutral and ionized atoms, molecules, and dust particles with radiation. Radiative transfer entails mathematical and computational modeling of the propagation of radiation fields in diffuse media, such as stellar atmospheres, the intergalactic and interstellar medium, and the universe as a whole. Key results will be derived from the first principles and applications relevant to current research topics will be discussed. The course also provides training in the skill of estimating the relative magnitude of physical effects without deriving the rigorous mathematical result (the so-called “order-of-magnitude” approach).
PREREQUISITES, LECTURES, OFFICE HOURS, AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
This is a graduate course without formal prerequisites, but undergraduate preparation in electromagnetism and quantum mechanics for physics or astronomy majors is assumed.
Hours and Venue
The class meets in Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM) 15.216b on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Instructor office hours: Mondays 2-3 p.m., or by appointment, in RLM 17.214.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.