AST 517 -- Diffuse Matter in Space

Instructor: Bruce T. Draine

Spring 2017: Tu,Th 1330-1450 in Peyton 140

The subject of this course is the astrophysics of the interstellar medium -- the space between the stars in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

The course will include both 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:

The theory will be applied to phenomena including:

AST 517 is intended for advanced undergraduates or graduate students with a good background in physics. Prior knowledge of astronomy, while helpful, is not required. The course provides the opportunity to apply a broad range of physics to the behavior of interstellar matter.

Assignments for Spring 2017: not yet available.


Supplementary texts (on course reserve):

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