Instructors: Marc Kamionkowski
Wal Sargent
Bridge Annex 120
Robinson
212
x2563
x4055
[email protected]
[email protected]
TA: Milan
Bogsavljevic ([email protected]; Ext. 4026;
03 Robinson; office hourse: MW, 34pm)
Class times: Mon 12pm; Wed 12pm; Fri 1011am
Homework: There will be problem sets every week. It is imperative that you do these problem sets in order to learn the material. Since class time is limited, there will be some topics that you work out on your own in the problem sets. We will try to find problem sets that involve application of the subjects studied in class, and we will try to avoid problems that involve excessive algebra. You should first try to do all of the problems by yourself. If you run into trouble, you may discuss the problems with classmates. However, in the end, you must work out the solutions on your own. Please write your solutions as clearly as possible. Points may be taken off if the solutions are incomprehensible.
Grade: 40% homework
and 30% midterm and 30% final exam.
NOTE: Completion of ALL
of the problem sets is required.
Judy Cohen's Relevant WWW resources
Texts: There are tons of books on stellar astrophysics,
stellar interiors,
stellar evolution, stellar
atmospheres, stellar photospheres, stars,
that you may find useful.
Two books at the appropriate level for this
class are:
Gray, The Observation and Analysis of Stellar Photospheres, 1992 (2nd ed;
good for stellar atmospheres)
Hansen & Kawaler, Stellar Interiors, 1994
(good for stellar structure)
Phillips, The Physics of Stars
However, you may also find the following useful (most should be on
reserve in the astronomy library):
Rutten, Radiative Transfer in Stellar Atmospheres,
1996 Binney and Merrifield, Galactic Astronomy, 1998 



BoehmVitense, Stellar Astrophys v3: Stellar Structure... 1989  

Mihalas, Stellar Atmospheres, 1970/1978. (chap#s above are 2nd ed.) 
Aller, Astrophysics  v.1: Atmospheres 

v.2: Nuclear Transformations 
Barnes, Clayton, Schramm, Essays in Nuclear Astrophysics, 1982.  
Bowers & Deeming, Astrophysics v.1: Stars, 1984.  
Chandrasekhar, Introduction to the Study of Stellar Interiors, 1939.  
Chandrasekhar, Radiative Transfer, 1950.  
Clayton, Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, 1983.  
Collins, Fundamentals of Stellar Astrophysics,
1989. Emerson, Interpreting Astronomical Spectra, 1997 

Hearnshaw, The Analysis of Starlight, [observational history].  
Kippenhahn & Weigert, Stellar Structure and Evolution, 1991  
Kurucz  Atlas: A Computer Program for Calculating Model Stellar Atmospheres (1970)  
Novotny, Introduction to Stellar Atmospheres
and Interiors, 1973. Phillips, The Physics of Stars, 1999 

Rolfs & Rodney, Cauldrons in the Cosmos, 1988.  
Rose  Advanced Stellar Astrophysics
(1998) Rybicki and Lightman, Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, 1979 

Schwarzchild, Structure and Evolution of the Stars, 1958. 
Here is the syllabus
(which includes suggested readings)
Problem Set #1 (due Wed, Oct 9) [PS][PDF]
Problem Set #2 (due Mon, Oct 14) [PS][PDF]
Problem Set #3 (due Mon, Oct 21) [PS][PDF]
Problem Set #4 (due Mon, Oct 28) [PS][PDF]