This course is discontinued

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Course content

An introduction to basic aspects of the interpretation of electromagnetic radiation, including classical electromagnetic radiation processes, quantum mechanical transitions in one- and many-electron atoms and molecules, and radiation transport.

Learning outcome

You will learn to interpret and understand astrophysical information in received electromagnetic radiation.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (continued) programme or comparable.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with AST4210 – Stråling I (discontinued)


3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials each week


A final written examination will constitute 70% of the final grade. A mid-term test (home or in classroom) will constitute 30% of the final grade. Letter grades (A-F). A number of compulsory home exercises without grading may also be given.

This subject does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see /studier/admin/eksamen/sykdom-utsatt/mn/index.html and

If the course is taught in english, written exams will be given in english.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course




Every spring

Given for the last time spring 2011


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)