AST9310 – Stellar Atmospheres II
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, radiation in energy balance in stars, 3D radiation transport and radiation magnetohydrodynamics.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
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.
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.