AST9310 – Stellar Atmospheres II

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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 advanced introduction to radiation transport applied to stellar atmospheres and numerical stellar atmosphere models, radiation in energy balance in stars, 3D radiation transport and radiation magnetohydrodynamics.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will have a theoretical and practical background for Ph.D. theses in radiation transport and stellar atmosphere models
  • you will understand spectral diagnostics of stellar atmospheres
  • you will have an understanding of radiation in energy transport
  • you will understand radiative transfer in 3D
  • you will have knowledge of the basics in radiation magnetohydrodynamics
  • you will be able to use modern stellar atmosphere codes to solve a stellar atmosphere modelling problem in the form of a term Project
  • you will be able to obtain background knowledge through litteratur search and present this knowledge in the form of lectures
  • you will be able to present the results of the term project in a written report in the style of a research paper

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Bachelor’s Degree from the Physics and Astronomy Program or comparable, AST4310 – Radiative Processes in Astrophysics


Teaching extends over one semester. There will be two hours of lectures each week and the main part of this course is a term-project with individual tutoring. In addition, each student is expected to find necessary background literature and teach selected parts of the findings to all students who have signed up for the course.


Project assignment in the form of a home exam which will count 100% in the grade assessment.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

There is no postponed examination in the event of illness or the like. If sickness or another valid reason prevents the candidate from submitting the home exam within a set deadline, this must be documented with a valid medical certificate or similar by the deadline for the home exam. The institute can determine whether a deferred submission can be granted.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 28, 2020 1:10:08 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)