AST5210 – Stellar Atmospheres I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides an advanced introduction to radiation transport applied to stellar atmospheres and numerical stellar atmosphere models, non-LTE and numerical methods in radiation transport.
After completing this course:
- you will have knowledge of spectral line formation without using the approximation of Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (non-LTE).
- you will have knowledge of basic numerical methods in non-LTE radiative transfer.
- you will understand basic concepts in stellar atmosphere modelling.
- you will be able to apply these methods to solve a stellar atmosphere modelling problem in the form of a term project.
- you can present the results of the term project in a written report in the style of a research paper.
Admission to the course
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Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor’s Degree from the Physics and Astronomy Program or comparable.
- 10 credits overlap with AST9410 – Stellar Atmospheres (discontinued).
Teaching extends over one semester. There will be two hours of lectures/tutorials each week in the first half of the semester. During the second half of the semester students will be working on a project paper and receive individual supervision.
This course has a final oral examination and compulsory project assignment. The final grade is determined after an overall assessment of the two parts.
Examination support material
No aids allowed during the oral examination
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.