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Astrophysics of gravitational wave sources - NTMF090
Title in English: Astrophysics of gravitational wave sources
Guaranteed by: Institute of Theoretical Physics (32-UTF)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2018 to 2018
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: Mgr. Ondřej Pejcha, Ph.D.
Classification: Physics > Astronomy and Astrophysics, Theoretical and Math. Physics
Annotation -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (11.05.2018)
The class will give basic introduction to the emerging field of gravitational wave astrophysics. The class will cover relevant chapters from single and binary star evolution, stellar dynamics, high-energy and nuclear astrophysics, (magneto)hydrodynamics, radiation transport, and scientific reasoning. Intended for Master and PhD students of astronomy, theoretical physics, and nuclear and particle physics.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (11.05.2018)

Credit is awarded for attending majority of classes, active participation, points on assignments, and final exam.

Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (13.05.2018)

Kippenhahn, R., Weigert, A., & Weiss, A. Stellar Structure and Evolution: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2012

Langer, N. 2012, Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 50, p.107-164

Woosley, S. E., Heger, A., & Weaver, T. A. 2002, Reviews of Modern Physics, 74, 1015

Arnett, D., Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis: An Investigation of the History of Matter, from the Big Bang to the Present. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Metzger, B. D. 2017, Living Reviews in Relativity, 20, 3.

Li, L.-X., & Paczynski, B. 1998, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 507, Issue 1, pp. L59-L62

Janka, H.-T., Langanke, K., Marek, A., Martinez-Pinedo, G., & Muller, B. 2007, Physics Reports, Volume 442, Issue 1-6, p. 38-74

Frank, J., King, A., & Raine, D. J., Accretion Power in Astrophysics.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, February 2002.

Teaching methods -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (11.05.2018)

Since the class touches upon a number of open problems in contemporary astrophysics, traditional teacher-centered instruction will be supplemented by more hands-on activities like order-of-magnitude calculations, literature review, and homeworks.

Syllabus -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (11.05.2018)

1) Existing and future GW detectors and their sensitivities (LIGO, VIRGO, PTA, LISA)

2) Overview of existing detections in contrast to other known astronomical populations of compact objects

3) Evolution of single stars to compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes)

4) Evolution of binary stars to compact object binaries

5) Unconventional binary star evolution, dynamical formation of binaries (captures)

6) Physics of the merger

7) Electromagnetic and multi-messenger signatures of the merger

8) Introduction to the physics of astronomical transients

9) Core-collapse supernovae

10) The zoo of astronomical transients

11) Future sources: stochastic GW from big bang, white dwarf binaries, supermassive blackholes, EMRIs

Entry requirements
Last update: doc. RNDr. Karel Houfek, Ph.D. (11.05.2018)

Undergraduate physics (thermodynamics, nuclear physics), introductory astrophysics is welcome.

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