2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS3080 High Energy Astrophysics
10 creditsClass Size: 40
Module manager: Dr S M Bradbury
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2005/06
Pre-requisitesPHYS2080 (Subatomic Physics) or equivalent PHYS3330 (Electromagnetic Radiation and Plasma Physics) is also useful but is not a pre-requisite. Attendance at previous astronomy modules is not assumed.
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesAt the end of the module students will understand the uses that astronomers have made of radio, x-ray, gamma rays and particle detection to identify the sources of highly energetic sub-atomic particles pervading space.
Ability to apply diverse, basic physics and mathematical reasoning to novel, out-of-context problems.Ability to apply diverse, basic physics and mathematical reasoning to novel, out-of-context problems.
Non-thermal radiation in astrophysics, especially cosmic rays, X-rays, gamma rays. Radio astronomy also throws light on the origin of the cosmic-ray particles and reveals the energetics of supernovae and neutron stars. Constant interplay between models and observation in building up a picture of the relationship between relativistic particles, supernova explosions and neutron stars, and revealing even more extreme collapsed objects and explosions in active galactic nuclei. Methods of detection and the deductions made from observations, of cosmic rays, radio emission (techniques omitted), X-rays and gamma-rays.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for informationLectures: 21 x 1 hour;
Tutorials (optional): 6 x 1 hour.
Private studyReading: 55 hours;
Example problem sheets: 18 hours.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback9 x weekly unmarked problem sheets. Solutions are given. Students are expected to discuss difficulties in optional tutorial hours.
Methods of assessment
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information1 x 2 hour written examination at the end of the second semester: 100%.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 19/04/2005
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