Fall 2016 courses
AST 382C Astrophysical Gas Dynamics
Prof. Paul Shapiro, TTH 2-3:30pm. The course will develop the fundamental equations of gas dynamics, as applicable to astrophysical systems. It will introduce the student to many of the exciting frontier subjects, such as the turbulent transport of matter and angular momentum, the dynamics of supernoca remnants, and the physics of shocks.
AST 383C Stellar Atmospheres
Prof. Don Winget, TTH 11am-12:30pm. What are the physical principles that govern the emission of stellar radiation, and how can one decipher the message encoded in the spectra of stars? The course will provide an introduction into cutting-edge analysis and computational techniques.
AST 386C Galaxies
Prof. Shardha Jogee, MW 10:30am-12pm. This course provides a survey of the key properties of galaxies at different cosmic epochs, and in different environments. Students will learn the physical principles that govern their structure and evolution.
AST 392J Astronomical Instrumentation
Prof. John Lacy, TTH 11am-12:30pm. This course will provide a hands-on introduction into cuting-edge astronomical instrumentation. Students will learn both the underlying principles, and will receive real-life laboratory exposure to instrument building.
Spring 2017 courses
AST 381 Formation of Galaxies
Prof. Mike Boylan-Kolchin, TTh 9:30-11:00am. The course will develop the modern understanding of how galaxies form within the context of the hierarchical Lambda Cold Dark Matter model. How can observable trends and relationships be used to constrain the particle-physics nature of dark matter? How does feedback work? What is the impact of supermassive black holes on the structure and evolution of galaxies?
AST 381 Judgement in Research
Prof. John Kormendy, MTh 2:00-3:30pm. This course will present a comprehensive view on how to judge the importance and impact of research. Very pratically, this will lead to guidelines how a young researcher may wish to plan his/her research career, to optimize the chances for a successful career in the sciences.
AST 381 Computational Astrophysics
Prof. Milos Milosavljevic, MWF 1:00-2:00pm. This is a thoroughly modern introduction into the cutting-edge techniques and algorithms in heavy-duty supercomputing, developed along the needs for key challenges in astrophysics.
AST 393 Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium
Prof. Volker Bromm, TTh 11:00am-12:30pm. This course will develop our modern picture of the behavior of gas clouds inside of galaxies, and in the tenuous space between them. The student will learn the fundamental physical principles involved, and will be introduced to some of the cutting-edge topics in current astronomy, such as the cosmology of the 21cm radio line, and the physics of reionization.