Stellar Structure and Evolution
7.5 credits cr.
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Stars play a critical role in astronomy and astrophysics. As astronomers, we use stars for everything from learning about galaxy formation to discovering exoplanets and understanding where the elements come from. In this course, we’ll learn all about the physics of stars, how they live, evolve, and die.
In this course, you will learn and use the fundamental principles of stellar structure and evolution including hydrostatic equilibrium, nucleosynthesis, and energy transfer. Armed with these tools we will study the life of stars through the various stages until their death. We’ll study stars like the Sun, which end their life ejecting most of their mass and leaving behind a white dwarf. We’ll also study stars more massive than the Sun. These more massive stars produce many of the elements present in the period table and the most massive of these produce neutron stars, black holes, and gamma-ray bursts.
The course is given during day time at the 50% level. It is part of the Bachelor’s programme in Astronomy. The course is normally given in English.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
The course closely follows “An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution” by Dina Prialnik, Cambridge University Press, Second Edition.