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An introduction to the basic physics of astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate level. Principles of energy transfer by radiation. Elements of classical and quantum theory of photon emission; bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation. Compton scattering, plasma effects, atomic and molecular electromagnetic transitions. With applications to current research into astrophysical phenomena.
 
An introduction to the basic physics of astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate level. Principles of energy transfer by radiation. Elements of classical and quantum theory of photon emission; bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation. Compton scattering, plasma effects, atomic and molecular electromagnetic transitions. With applications to current research into astrophysical phenomena.
  
These are a collection of lectures covering topics in an introductory graduate astrophysics course on radiative processes.  The subject matter is loosely drawn from [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1981PEPI...25..432L Radiatve Processes in Astrophysics] by Rybicki & Lightman.
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These are a collection of lectures covering topics in an introductory graduate astrophysics course on radiative processes.  The subject matter is loosely drawn from [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1981PEPI...25..432L Radiative Processes in Astrophysics] by Rybicki & Lightman.
  
 
At the end of the semester, each student will develop one new lecture on a subject of their choice to add to this website.
 
At the end of the semester, each student will develop one new lecture on a subject of their choice to add to this website.
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=== Class Code Repository ===
 
=== Class Code Repository ===
 
[http://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207 http://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207]
 
[http://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207 http://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207]
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=== Syllabus ===
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/syllabus.docx Syllabus]
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/constants/constants.pdf Sheet of constants and equations]
  
 
=== Useful External References ===
 
=== Useful External References ===
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== Topics by Date ==
 
== Topics by Date ==
  
====(Th, Aug. 28) electromagnetic waves (RL 2.1-2.3; Grif 8.1)====
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====(Aug. 26) Radiative Quantities (RL 1.1-1.3; Mil 1.1-1.3)====
 
* class mechanics
 
* class mechanics
 
** syllabus
 
** syllabus
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*** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]]
 
*** [[Python Installation and Basic Programming]]
 
*** [[Revision Control]] (class repository)
 
*** [[Revision Control]] (class repository)
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*** [[Jupyter Notebooks]] (for visualizations and collaborating)
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* Topics
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** [[Specific Intensity]]
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* Activities
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/01_Activity_Sheet.ipynb Activity Sheet 1] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/01_Activity_Sheet.ipyn datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/01_Activity_Sheet_Answers.ipynb Activity Sheet 1 solutions]
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====(Aug. 31) radiative transport (RL 1.4; Mil 2.1-2.2)====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** [[Maxwell Equations]] for E&M Waves
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** [[Radiative Transfer Equation]]
** [[Energy Density]]
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** [[Optical Depth]]
** [[Electromagnetic Plane Waves]]
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
** Astrobaki tour
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz02.ipynb Activity Sheet 2]
** get accounts / set up environments
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz02-ans.ipynb Activity Sheet 2 solutions]
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** sliding pennies
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps01.pdf Problem Set 1] assigned
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/vega_spectrum.dat vega_spectrum.dat]
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/bessel_V.dat bessel_V.dat]
  
====(Tu, Sep. 2) radiative quantities (RL 1.1-1.3; Mil 1.1-1.3)====
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==== (Sep. 2) Maxwell's Equations and Plane Waves ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
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** [[Maxwell Equations]] for Electromagnetic Waves
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** [[Electromagnetic Plane Waves]]
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** [[Energy Density]] of Electromagnetic Waves
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** [[Larmor Formula]]
 
** [[Fourier Transform]]
 
** [[Fourier Transform]]
** [[Units of radiation]]
 
** [[Specific Intensity]]
 
** [[Larmor Formula]]
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
** estimate Bohr Atom decay
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz03.ipynb Activity Sheet 3] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz03.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
** convert photon number density to specific intensity
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz03-ans.ipynb Activity Sheet 3 solutions]
* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/master/ps_2014/ps01.pdf Problem Set 1] assigned
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/notebooks/Larmor%20Radiation.ipynb Larmor Demo]
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/master/vega_spectrum.dat vega_spectrum.dat]
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** Impedance of free space
** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/master/bessel_V.dat bessel_V.dat]
 
  
====(Th, Sep. 4) radiative transport (RL 1.4; Mil 2.1-2.2)====
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====(Sep. 7) scattering and absorption (RL 1.4, 1.7; Mil 2.1-2.2)====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
** [[Radiative Transfer Equation]]
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** [[Basic Scattering]]
** [[Optical Depth]]
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** [[Central Limit Theorem]]
** basic scattering
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** [[Random Walks]]
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** [[Degeneracy]]
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
** sliding pennies
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz04.ipynb Activity Sheet 4] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz04.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
** tree leaves
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** photon diffusion
** locust swarm
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** high beams in fog
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps02.pdf Problem Set 2] Assigned
  
==== (Tu, Sep. 9) thermodynamic equilibrium (RL 1.5)  ====
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==== (Sep. 9) thermodynamic equilibrium (RL 1.5)  ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
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** [[Black-Body Radiation]] (and Kirchoff's Law)
 
** [[Boltzmann distribution]]
 
** [[Boltzmann distribution]]
** [[Black-Body Radiation]] (and Kirchoff's Law)
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** [[Maxwellian velocity distribution]]
 
** [[Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium]]  
 
** [[Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium]]  
** [[Maxwellian velocity distribution]]
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz05.ipynb Activity Sheet 5] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz05.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
 
** flipping pennies, rolling dice
 
** flipping pennies, rolling dice
** Heisenberg and the FFT
 
 
** types of temperature
 
** types of temperature
** normalizing the maxwellian
 
 
==== (Th, Sep. 11) free-free emission====
 
* Topics
 
** Collisions
 
** [[Thermal Bremsstrahlung]] (RL 5.1-5.3)
 
** [[Kramer's Opacity]]
 
** larmor radius/frequency
 
** cyclotron lines
 
* Activities
 
**
 
  
==== (Th, Oct. 9) semi-classical hydrogen ====
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==== (Sep. 14) semi-classical hydrogen ====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
 
** [[Classical Bohr Atom]]  
 
** [[Classical Bohr Atom]]  
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz06.ipynb Activity Sheet 6] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz06.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** rederivation
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** Rydberg
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** dipoles/quadrupoles
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps03.pdf Problem Set 3] Assigned
  
==== (Tu, Oct. 14) Einstein coefficients====
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==== (Sep. 16) Einstein coefficients====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
 
** [[Einstein Coefficients]]
 
** [[Einstein Coefficients]]
 
** [[Radiative Equilibrium]]
 
** [[Radiative Equilibrium]]
** Atomic Emission/Absorption
 
** Effective Absorption Cross-Sections
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz07.ipynb Activity Sheet 7] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz07.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** estimating Einstein A for Ly-alpha
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** effective photon absorption crosssection
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==== (Sep. 21) spectral line broadening====
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* Topics
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** [[Line Profile Functions]]
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** [[Zeeman splitting]]
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* Activities
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz08.ipynb Activity Sheet 8] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz08.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** what can you learn from a spectral line
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps04.pdf Problem Set 4] Assigned
  
==== (Th, Oct. 16) radiation from accelerating charges (RL 3.3-3.4)====
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==== (Sep. 23) radiation from accelerating charges (RL 3.3-3.4)====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** estimating Einstein coefficients
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** [[Estimating Atomic Transition Strengths]]
 
** radiative dipole transitions
 
** radiative dipole transitions
 
** photoexcitation cross-section
 
** photoexcitation cross-section
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz09.ipynb Activity Sheet 9] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz09.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** Einstein A for He+
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==== (Sep. 28) molecular lines (RL 11) ====
 +
* Topics
 +
** [[Atomic and Molecular Quantum Numbers]]
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** [[Rotational Transitions]]
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* Activities
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** CO Lecture
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* No Problem Set this week
 +
 
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==== (Sep. 30) rovibrational transitions (RL 11) ====
 +
* Topics
 +
** [[Rovibrational Transitions]]
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* Activities
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz11.ipynb Activity Sheet 11] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz11.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** Cooling with CO
  
==== (Tu, Oct. 21) spectral line broadening====
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====(Oct. 5) masers ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** [[Line Profile Functions]]
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** [[Masers]]
** [[Natural Broadening]]
 
** [[Doppler Broadening]]
 
** [[Voigt Profile]]
 
** [[Collisional Broadening]]
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** masers as transistors
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** laser pointers
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps05.pdf Problem Set 5] assigned
  
==== (Th, Oct. 23) collisional excitations ====
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==== (Oct. 7) collisional excitations ====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
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** [[Detailed Balance]]
 
** [[Collisional Excitations]]
 
** [[Collisional Excitations]]
** [[Coulomb Focusing]]
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz12.ipynb Activity Sheet 12] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz12.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
==== (Th, Sep. 18) radiative equilibrium (RL 1.7-1.8; Mil 2.3-2.5)====
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** more CO molecular clouds
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** collisional line-driven cooling
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 +
==== (Oct. 12) free-free emission====
 +
* Topics
 +
** [[Thermal Bremsstrahlung]] (RL 5.1-5.3)
 +
** [[Opacity]]
 +
** [[Kramer's Opacity]]
 +
* Activities
 +
** free-free polarization
 +
** simulating a free-free interaction
 +
* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps06.pdf Problem Set 6] assigned
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==== (Oct. 14) charged cross-sections (RL 1.7-1.8; Mil 2.3-2.5)====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
** [[Detailed Balance]]
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** [[Coulomb Focusing]]
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** [[Thomson Scattering]]
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz13.ipynb Activity Sheet 13] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz13.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** electrons in the IGM
  
==== (Tu, Oct. 28) bound-free transitions ====
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==== (Oct. 19) bound-free transitions ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** photoionization
 
** Saha Equation
 
 
** [[Milne Relation]]
 
** [[Milne Relation]]
** On-the-spot Approximation
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** [[Saha Equation]]
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
+
** stromgren spheres
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps07.pdf Problem Set 7] assigned
  
==== (Th, Oct. 30) LTE and non-LTE ====
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==== (Oct. 21) LTE and non-LTE ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** statistical equilibrium
+
** [[Recombination Coefficients]]
** photoionization equilibrium
+
** [[Review of Equilibria]]
** collisional ionization equilibrium
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz14.ipynb Activity Sheet 14] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz14.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** estimating recombination coefficients
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** work out in detail redshift of recombination
  
==== (Tu, Sep. 16)  plasma effects====
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==== (Oct. 26)  plasma effects====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
 
** [[Plasma Frequency]]
 
** [[Plasma Frequency]]
** dispersion measure
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** [[dispersion measure]] (RL 8.1)
 
** polarization
 
** polarization
 
** [[Faraday rotation]] (RL 8.1-8.2)
 
** [[Faraday rotation]] (RL 8.1-8.2)
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** [[Stokes parameters]]
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** start de-dispersion coding
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps08.pdf Problem Set 8] assigned
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/pulsar.dat pulsar.dat]
  
==== (Tu, Sep. 23) compton scattering ====
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==== (Oct. 28) compton scattering ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** [[Central Limit Theorem]]
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** [[Lorentz transformations]]
** Thomson cross-section
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** [[Doppler shift]]
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** radiation from relativistic charges (RL 4.1, 4.2, 4.8; Grif 10.1)
 
** [[Compton Scattering]]
 
** [[Compton Scattering]]
** [[SZ Effect]] (RL 7.1-7.5)
 
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz15.ipynb Activity Sheet 15] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz15.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** relativistic intuition, velocity raptor
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** CMB coupling via compton
  
==== (Th, Sep. 25) Inverse Compton scattering====
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==== (Nov. 2) Inverse Compton scattering====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
** [[Lorentz transformations]]
 
** [[Doppler shift]]
 
** radiation from relativistic charges (RL 4.1, 4.2, 4.8; Grif 10.1)
 
 
** [[Inverse Compton Scattering]]
 
** [[Inverse Compton Scattering]]
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** [[SZ Effect]] (RL 7.1-7.5)
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
+
** single scattering versus ensemble scattering
 +
** compton saturation
 +
* No problem set
  
==== (Tu, Sep. 30) relativistic transformations====
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==== (Nov. 4) Synchrotron Introduction ====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
 
** [[Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation and Relativistic Beaming]]
 
** [[Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation and Relativistic Beaming]]
** synchrotron power pattern
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<!-- ** [[Synchrotron Frequency]]
** synchrotron polarization
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** [[Synchrotron Polarization]] -->
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz16.ipynb Activity Sheet 16] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz16.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** beaming, superluminal motion, monte carlo compton
  
==== (Th, Oct. 2) synchrotron radiation ====
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==== (Nov. 9) Synchrotron Radiation ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** [[Synchrotron Frequency]]
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** [[Synchrotron Radiation]]
** [[Synchrotron Power]]
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<!-- ** [[Single Electron Power Spectrum]]
** [[Single Electron Power Spectrum]]
 
 
** [[Synchrotron Spectrum]] (RL 6.1-6.8)
 
** [[Synchrotron Spectrum]] (RL 6.1-6.8)
** [[Effect of Cooling Time on Synchrotron Spectra]]
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** [[Effect of Cooling Time on Synchrotron Spectra]] -->
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
+
** re-deriving synchrotron spectrum
 +
** phenomenological description of synchrotron decay
 +
* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps09.pdf Problem Set 9] assigned
 +
 
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==== (Nov. 11) No Class (Veterans day) ====
  
==== (Tu, Oct. 7self-absorption ====
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==== (Nov. 16Synchrotron Self-Interactions ====
 
* Topics
 
* Topics
** synchrotron self-absorption
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** [[Synchrotron Self-Interactions]]
** synchrotron self-compton
+
<!-- ** [[Synchrotron Self-Compton]]
** compton catastrophe
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** [[Compton Catastrophe]] -->
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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** [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/quiz_2021/Quiz17.ipynb Activity Sheet 17] (on [http://datahub.berkeley.edu/user-redirect/interact?account=AaronParsons&repo=astro207&branch=main&path=quiz_2021/Quiz17.ipynb datahub.berkeley.edu])
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** reading SSC spectra, inferring castrophe
  
==== (Tu, Nov. 4) dust and grains====
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==== (Nov. 18) dust and grains====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
** absorptive/scattering cross-sections
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** [[Dust Absorption and Scattering]]
 
** dust formation/sublimation
 
** dust formation/sublimation
** [[Frequency Redistribution in Non-Coherent Scattering]]
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** [[Poynting-Robertson Effect]]
 
* Activities
 
* Activities
**
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* [https://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207/blob/main/ps_2021/ps10.pdf Problem Set 10] assigned
  
====(Th, Nov. 6) molecular lines ====
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==== (Nov. 23) No Class ====
* Topics
 
** rotational transitions
 
** vibrational transitions
 
** H2 & CO
 
* Activities
 
**
 
  
==== (Th, Nov. 13) masers ====
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==== (Nov. 25) No Class ====
* Topics
 
** [[Masers]]
 
* Activities
 
**
 
  
==== (Tu, Nov. 18) radiative diffusion ====
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==== (Dec. 1) radiative diffusion ====
 
* Topics:
 
* Topics:
** zeeman splitting
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** [[Radiative Diffusion]]
** radiative diffusion
 
 
** bolometric radiative equilibrium
 
** bolometric radiative equilibrium
 
** greenhouse effect
 
** greenhouse effect
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**
 
**
  
==== (Th, Nov. 20) high-redshift 21cm radiation====
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==== (Dec. 2) Review ====
* Topics
+
* Review
 +
 
 +
== Misc Topics ==
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
 
** [[21cm Transition]]
 
** [[Wouthuysen Field effect]]
 
** [[Wouthuysen Field effect]]
 
** [[Radiative Transfer Codes]]
 
** [[Radiative Transfer Codes]]
* Activities
+
** [[Frequency Redistribution in Non-Coherent Scattering]]
**
+
** [[Cherenkov Radiation]]
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** [[Monte Carlo Methods]]
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** [[Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations]]
  
==== (Tu, Dec. 2) Radiative Transfer Codes/Review 1 ====
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== Legacy Lecture Notes ==
* Review
 
 
 
==== (Th, Dec. 4) Review 2 ====
 
* Review
 
 
 
 
 
== Lectures ==
 
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 01]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 01]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 02]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 02]]
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# [[Radiation Lecture 25]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 25]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 26]]
 
# [[Radiation Lecture 26]]
 
== To Do ==
 
And finally, a wish-list of edits:
 
# Continue to break up material by subject, rather than lecture
 
# Fix typos, errors in content
 
# Use more words, less formulae
 

Latest revision as of 09:27, 2 September 2021

An introduction to the basic physics of astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate level. Principles of energy transfer by radiation. Elements of classical and quantum theory of photon emission; bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation. Compton scattering, plasma effects, atomic and molecular electromagnetic transitions. With applications to current research into astrophysical phenomena.

These are a collection of lectures covering topics in an introductory graduate astrophysics course on radiative processes. The subject matter is loosely drawn from Radiative Processes in Astrophysics by Rybicki & Lightman.

At the end of the semester, each student will develop one new lecture on a subject of their choice to add to this website.

Class Code Repository[edit]

http://github.com/AaronParsons/astro207

Syllabus[edit]

Useful External References[edit]

Topics by Date[edit]

(Aug. 26) Radiative Quantities (RL 1.1-1.3; Mil 1.1-1.3)[edit]

(Aug. 31) radiative transport (RL 1.4; Mil 2.1-2.2)[edit]

(Sep. 2) Maxwell's Equations and Plane Waves[edit]

(Sep. 7) scattering and absorption (RL 1.4, 1.7; Mil 2.1-2.2)[edit]

(Sep. 9) thermodynamic equilibrium (RL 1.5)[edit]

(Sep. 14) semi-classical hydrogen[edit]

(Sep. 16) Einstein coefficients[edit]

(Sep. 21) spectral line broadening[edit]

(Sep. 23) radiation from accelerating charges (RL 3.3-3.4)[edit]

(Sep. 28) molecular lines (RL 11)[edit]

(Sep. 30) rovibrational transitions (RL 11)[edit]

(Oct. 5) masers[edit]

(Oct. 7) collisional excitations[edit]

(Oct. 12) free-free emission[edit]

(Oct. 14) charged cross-sections (RL 1.7-1.8; Mil 2.3-2.5)[edit]

(Oct. 19) bound-free transitions[edit]

(Oct. 21) LTE and non-LTE[edit]

(Oct. 26) plasma effects[edit]

(Oct. 28) compton scattering[edit]

(Nov. 2) Inverse Compton scattering[edit]

(Nov. 4) Synchrotron Introduction[edit]

(Nov. 9) Synchrotron Radiation[edit]

(Nov. 11) No Class (Veterans day)[edit]

(Nov. 16) Synchrotron Self-Interactions[edit]

(Nov. 18) dust and grains[edit]

(Nov. 23) No Class[edit]

(Nov. 25) No Class[edit]

(Dec. 1) radiative diffusion[edit]

(Dec. 2) Review[edit]

  • Review

Misc Topics[edit]

Legacy Lecture Notes[edit]

  1. Radiation Lecture 01
  2. Radiation Lecture 02
  3. Radiation Lecture 03
  4. Radiation Lecture 04
  5. Radiation Lecture 05
  6. Radiation Lecture 06
  7. Radiation Lecture 07
  8. Radiation Lecture 08
  9. Radiation Lecture 09
  10. Radiation Lecture 10
  11. Radiation Lecture 11
  12. Radiation Lecture 12
  13. Radiation Lecture 13
  14. Radiation Lecture 14
  15. Radiation Lecture 15
  16. Radiation Lecture 16
  17. Radiation Lecture 17
  18. Radiation Lecture 18
  19. Radiation Lecture 19
  20. Radiation Lecture 20
  21. Radiation Lecture 21
  22. Radiation Lecture 22
  23. Radiation Lecture 23
  24. Radiation Lecture 24
  25. Radiation Lecture 25
  26. Radiation Lecture 26