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Spring 2016-2017
AST 517   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Diffuse Matter in Space

Bruce T. Draine

Subject of course is the astrophysics of the interstellar medium: theory and observations of the gas, dust, plasma, energetic particles, magnetic field, and electromagnetic radiation in interstellar space. Emphasis will be on theory, including elements of: fluid dynamics; excitation of atoms, molecules and ions; radiative processes; radiative transfer; simple interstellar chemistry; and physical properties of dust grains.The theory will be applied to phenomena including; interstellar clouds (both diffuse atomic clouds and dense molecular clouds); HII regions; shock waves; supernova remnants; cosmic rays; interstellar dust; and star formation.

Sample reading list:
B.T. Draine, Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40380 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Peyton Hall   140   Enrolled:14 Limit:20