Spring 2020 Teaching:
ASTR 2010: "Modern Cosmology"
introduces students to the investingation of our Universe using the tools of astrophysis in the study of the cosmos. Topics to be covered include the birth, lives, and death of stars, the interstellar medium, the structure of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, the distribuiton and properties of galaxies throughout the cosmos, the expansion of the Universe, its history, and properties. We will discuss the evidence for and the nature of dark matter and dark energy and their relationships to ordniary matter and energy. We will dwelve into the nature of the Big Bang, the processes in extreme environments in the early Universe and around black holes. The possible connection between black holes and the Big Bang will be explored.
Class: Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30- 10:45 PM in Duane G130.
Office hours: See Syllabus.
Course Materials (Syllabus, lectures, homework, solutions)
Optics & Telescopes for TAs
The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded form here:
Research and Outreach:
The insterstellar medium, star formation, feedback and the self-regulation of star formation.
Formation of clusters and massive stars. Protostellar outflows and jets.
Molecular Clouds. Astrobiology. Black-holes and cosmology.
Observations from visual to radio wavelengths. Instrumentation. Major recent projects
Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey
Herschel Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL).
Recent PhD receipients:
I give popular talks on astronomy and cosmology to the general public and
amateur astronomy groups. Bo Reipurth and I have written a popular
The Birth of Stars and Planets
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