Hubble Space Telescope image of the light echo from the young supergiant star V838 Monocerotis, a 5-10 solar mass star that swelled to a size of about 1600 solar radii in 2002. Light echos trace the gas and dust surrounding this dying star.
Physics 160Stellar Astrophysics
Prof. Adam Burgasser
documentsCourse Information Sheet
homeworksHomework 1 Due 10/4 [Solutions]
lecturesLecture 1: Course Logistics and Motivation (9/26)
Hydrostatic Equilibrium, Equation of State (10/17)
Halting Fragmentation, Disks & Jets, the Initial Mass Function (11/14)
Stellar Evolution I: Evolution Along the Main Sequence and Stellar Ages (11/20)
Stellar Evolution II: Post Main Sequence Evolution (11/21)
Stellar Evolution III: Stellar End States and White Dwarfs (11/26)
Stellar Evolution IV: Degenerate Matter and the Chandrasekhar Limit (12/3)
Stellar Evolution V: White Dwarf Collapse and Type Ia SN; Neutron Stars (12/5)
Prof. Adam Burgasser
Office hours: Th 10am-12pm or by appt.
Welcome to the Physics 160: Stellar Astrophysics course webpage. This course introduces you to the physics that governs the stars, and covering basic astronomical quantities, the physical characteristics of stars, stellar atmospheres and spectroscopy, stellar interiors, star formation and evolution, and the products of stellar death. We will also examine our nearest star, the Sun, and low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in detail. Stellar astrophysics draws from particle, nuclear and quantum physics; fluid dynamics; electromagnetic radiation; classical mechanics and general relativity. The goal of this course is to improve your proficiency of these fields while familiarizing you with our current theoretical and observational understanding of stars.
We will be using Carroll & Ostlie, An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd ed. (ISBN 0-8053-0402-9). Here is a list of the chapter contents; we'll be covering Chapters 1-15. The chapter numbers indicated in the syllabus refer to this text, and homework problems may be drawn partly from this text.