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Astronomy GR6001: Radiative Processes

Fall 2017

MW 10:10am - 11:25am, Room 1332 Pupin

Prof. J. Halpern


XMM-Newton XMM Mirrors Swift Whipple


GR6001 General Course Information Other Columbia Astronomy Courses

Daily Course Syllabus
Date Topic and Associated Reading Homework
Sep 6 Specific Intensity and its Moments (1-5) HW #1
Lecture Notes Pages 1-18 Answers
Sep 11 Radiative Transfer - Emission, Absorption, Blackbody, Einstein Coefficients (6-18)
Lecture Notes Pages 19-30
Sep 13 HI 21 cm Emission and Absorption - Spin Temperature (19-26) HW #2
The Spin Temperature of Warm Interstellar H I (full article: optional)
The Perfect Proposal (of historical interest)
The Bomerang Nebula is Colder than the Microwave Background
Solutions
Sep 18 Radiative Transfer in Plane-Parallel Geometry, Limb Darkening, Simple Model of Greenhouse Effect (27-33)
Lecture Notes Pages 31-40
Sep 20 Radiative Transfer with Scattering, Two-Stream Approximation (34-40) HW #3
Solutions
Sep 25 Radiation from Accelerated Charges, Thomson Scattering and its Polarization (41-43, 49-50)
Lecture Notes Pages 41-50
Sep 27 Polarization and Stokes Parameters (44-49), Linear Dielectrics (51-52) HW #4
Lecture Notes Pages 51-58 Solutions
Oct 2 Rayleigh Scattering (53-58), Conductivty and Absorption (59-60)
Lecture Notes Pages 59-72
Oct 4 Extinction by Dust (61-67), Polarization (68-72), Light Echoes, Natural Line Profile and Oscillator Strength (73-78) HW #5
Lecture Notes Pages 73-78 Solutions
Oct 9 Line Broadening, Damped Lyman α (79-84)
Lecture Notes Pages 79-86, Literature on CoG, NIST Atomic Spectra Database
Oct 11 Curve of Growth (84-86), Lorentz Transformations, Aberration of Light (87-88) HW #6
Lecture Notes Pages 87-95 Solutions
Oct 16 Doppler Shift, Four-vectors (89-95)
Lecture Notes Pages 96-100
Oct 18 Radiation from Relativisitic Particles (96-100), Synchrotron Radiation (101-105)
Lecture Notes Pages 101-105
Oct 23 Midterm Exam - in class
Oct 25 Synchrotron Spectrum and Polarization (106-111) HW #7
Lecture Notes Pages 106-115 Solutions
Oct 30 Synchrotron Self-absorption (112-113), Equipartition (114-115)
Nov 1 Diffusive Shock Acceleration (116-118) HW #8
Lecture Notes Pages 116-127 Solutions
Nov 8 Special Effects (121-127) HW #9
Lecture Notes Pages 128-135 Solutions
Nov 13 Inverse Compton Scattering (128-131), Spectrum (132-133), Catastrophe (134-135)
Lecture Notes Pages 136-139
Nov 15 Thermal Compton Scattering (136-137), Comptonization for Small Optical Depth (138-139), Bremsstrahlung (140-148) HW #10
and Figure
Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect, Lecture Notes Pages 140-148, and papers on
Missing Baryons (1) Missing Baryons (2)
Solutions
Nov 20 Plasma effects: Dispersion, Faraday Rotation (149-154)
Lecture Notes Pages 149-154
Nov 27 Hydrogenic Atoms (155-164)
Lecture Notes Pages 155-164 and Figures
Nov 29 Multi-Electron Atoms, Spectroscopic Notation (165-173), He-like "Triplets" HW #11
Lecture Notes Pages 165-178 Solutions
Dec 4 Fine Structure (173-178), Hyperfine structure (197-180), Normal Zeeman Effect (181-184)
Lecture Notes Pages 179-188
Dec 6 Anomalous Zeeman Effect (185-187), Paschen-Back Effect (188), Quadratic Zeeman Effect (188), Dipole Transitions
Figures for Zeeman Effect and Notes for Dipole Transitions, Raman Scattering
Dec 11 Raman Scattering
Dec 15 Final Exam (9:00am - Pupin 1332) 3 hours

Black Hole Magnetar Millisecond Pulsar


Last modified: December 11, 2017