AY521 / AY421
Course notes will be posted here as they become available, generally soon
after each lecture.
Please refer to the syllabus for
the chapters in the textbook that correspond to topics.
notes below by date, or in a single document.
- 2018/8/22 Course overview, celestial mechanics: equations, limitations
- 2018/8/24 Celestial mechanics 2: simplifying to reduced mass
- 2018/8/27 Light 1: Parallax, Flux, Magnitude
- 2018/8/29 Light 2: EM radiation, general flux density
- 2018/8/31 Light 3: Thermal spectrum
- 2018/9/5 Filters and Colors
- 2018/9/7 Special Relativity
- 2018/9/10 Applying Special Relativity
- 2018/9/12 Relativistic Doppler shift and beaming
- 2018/9/14 Light and Matter 1: CCDs, lines
- 2018/9/17 Light and Matter 2: Ionization
- 2018/9/19 Light and Matter 3: Ionization example
- 2018/9/21 Selection rules; Binary Stars 1
- 2018/9/24 Spectroscopic Binaries
- 2018/9/26 Eclipses; Stellar Spectra
- 2018/9/28 Star formation, Jeans mass
- 2018/10/3 Star formation, protostars
- 2018/10/5 Protostars
- 2018/10/8 Protostars; Dust; mass distribution
- 2018/10/10 Stars
- 2018/10/12 Stars 2
Movie of evolution of 16 Msun rapidly rotating star
Movie of evolution of 1 Msun star
I will several times refer to figures in "the MESA paper".
This paper documents the new stellar evolution software portion of MESA, and therefore includes a lot of
useful comparison and summary figures to show it gives expected results.
- 2018/10/15 Stars: helium burning, end of life
- 2018/10/17 Intro to general relativity
- 2018/10/19 General relativity
- 2018/10/22 GR: intervals, Schwarzchild metric
There will be about 5 homeworks distributed in 2 parts each