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Summer Semester 2018
Feb 24, 2024
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PHYS 3251 - Astrophysics: Radiative Processes
Because light is the primary means by which astronomers learn about the Universe, understanding the production and subsequent behavior of light is key to interpreting astronomical observations. This course introduces stude4nts to the physics of astrophysical radiation and its interaction with matter as it travels from its source to our detectors. Topics may include radiative transfer, emission and absorption processes, Compton processes, synchrotron radiation, thermodynamic equilibrium, radiative and collisional excitation, and spectroscopy of atoms and molecules. The course is aimed at advanced undergraduates, as well as graduate students focusing on astrophysics research. Prerequisites: PHYS 2252 and consent of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Physics and Astronomy Department

May not be enrolled in one of the following Colleges:     
      Colorado Women's College
      University College
May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     
      First Year

Undergraduate level PHYS 2252 Minimum Grade of D-

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