AST4310 – Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course provides an introduction to basic aspects of the interpretation of electromagnetic radiation, including classical electromagnetic radiation processes, quantum mechanical transitions in atoms and molecules, radiative transport in stars and diagnostics of physical conditions in stars from observations and observational techniques.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will understand various processes that generate electromagnetic radiation in astrophysical objects.
  • you will understand various basic processes that are important for the transport of radiation through astrophysical media, for example, a stellar atmosphere.
  • you will be able to extract information on the physical conditions in astrophysical objects from electromagnetic spectra.
  • you will be able to use numerical tools to analyze the generation and transport of radiation in stars.
  • you will be able to concisely present the results of computational projects in written reports.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Bachelor’s Degree from the programme Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor) or comparable.

Overlapping courses


Teaching extends over one semester. There are four hours of lectures per week and two hours of group sessions/tutorial exercises each week. Students are expected to submit one compulsory assignment, which must be approved before submitting the first home exam.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture. If you cannot attend the first lecture, please contact the course coordinator or the study administration before the lecture starts in order to get some important information about this course.


The final grade is determined by an overall assessment of five assignments in the form of home exams, with the first two counting 10%, 15% and the last three counting 25% each in the grade assessment.

In addition, students are expected to submit one compulsory assignment, which must be approved before submitting the first home exam.

Examination support material

All examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 24, 2020 5:10:06 PM

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