AST5210 – Stellar Atmospheres I
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Introduction to radiation transport applied to stellar atmospheres and numerical stellar atmosphere models, non-LTE and numerical methods in radiation transport.
- Understand spectral line formation without using the approximation of Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (non-LTE).
- Understand basic numerical methods in non-LTE radiative transfer.
- Understand basic concepts in stellar atmosphere modelling.
- Be able to apply these methods to solve a stellar atmosphere modelling problem in the form of a term project.
- Present the results of the term project in a written report in the style of a research paper.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme or comparable.
Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme, AST4210 – Stråling I (discontinued).
There will be 2 hours of lectures/tutorials every week in the first half of the semester. The second half of the semester you will be working on a project paper with individual tutoring.
Final course grade will be based on a compulsory project paper and a final oral exam.
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.
Explanations and appeals
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.