Fall 2002

Instructor: Phil Maloney
Email: maloneyącasa.colorado.edu
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Schedule: MWF 10:00-10:50, in G1B39

Course Description

This course (IP-1) is designed for first-year graduate students in astrophysics and planetary science, as well as interested physics students. It provides a survey of theory and applications of the processes that determine the physical characteristics of stars, planets, galaxies, and gas in the interplanetary, interstellar, and intergalactic medium. The primary reason for this course is to understand "Spectrum Formation in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences". This naturally introduces the need to cover such topics as: Applied Quantum Mechanics; Radiative, Thermal, & Ionization Processes; Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy; Radiative Transfer; and Statistical Mechanics. In the spring semester, the continuation of this course (IP-2) covers more statistical physics, kinetic theory, radiative transport, and fluid dynamics, with specific applications to astrophysics and planetary science.



A stunning image of the Rosette Nebula in Monoceros, taken by Travis Rector and collaborators using the Mosaic Camera on the 0.9m telescope on Kitt Peak. The hot blue stars in the center are responsible for ionizing the gas and clearing the central hole (through the action of stellar winds). Red, blue, and green correspond to emission from hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen, respectively.

Introduction and Review of Quantum Mechanics:

Multi-electron spectroscopy:

Ionization, Excitation, Radiative Cooling

Radiative Transitions and Opacities

Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Introduction to Radiative Transfer

Introduction to Transport Phenomena

Review of Undergraduate Thermodynamics

Introduction to Statistical Mechanics

Micro-Canonical and Canonical Ensembles

Grand Canonical Ensemble

Quantum Statistics (Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein)

Problem Sets

The Rosette image was obtained using the 0.9m Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, run by the National Optical Astronomy Observatories. This image is copyright Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc. (AURA), all rights reserved. More stunning images can be found in the NOAO Image Gallery.

The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students should notify the Counselor for Students with Disabilities, Disability Services Office, located in Willard 322 (phone 303-492-8671) and their instructors of any special needs. Instructors should be notified the first day of classes.