Astrophysics

This table of contents links to my notes on astrophysics based on lectures’s slides of private access, on the book An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, B. W. Carroll, D. A. Ostlie, Edition of 1996, and on internet resources (often wikipedia).

This will grow and undergo edition with time until completed. I plan to take the exam for this lecture around February 2013. By then, the contents here should be complete.

Edit: As you may have guessed, it will take a bit longer than expected to complete this content. I hope to be done sometime around April.

Edit: This will be completed at some unspecified time in the future (could be years or decades). If you want to see it grow faster, you’ll have to donate money. The reason is that I have lots of things to do that involve making a living, and preferentially I devote time to those that show potential for income. I am not greedy at all, I simply need money to live. If you want to donate, do so in this link, specifying QRP as a subject (very important, otherwise I don’t know the reason for the donation). If you donate 50 USD, you’ll see addition of new content in some form.

Update 20-4-2013: Right now I am working in my PhD thesis, and at the same time I am trying to cram up the astrophysics material into my brain for the exam! I apologize to you that I am not updating the blog. I’ll come back to it as soon as I can devote time. There are some really interesting topics ahead, and also a LOT of material.

Update 24-5-2013: I rocked the exam! What’s the future for this astrophysics section? For studying, I summarised mostly entirely the book by Carroll and Ostlie (see top). Some weeks from now, I will process all the summaries that I made into a readable format and I will post them into this blog. I am quite happy with what I got out of studying this topic. I will include not only the summaries (in form of blogposts) but also mindmaps perfect for memorising the content. Wait for it! 🙂

PART I: The Tools of Astronomy

1. Archaeoastronomy: Study of the astronomy of past cultures.
Stonehenge
Pyramids
Nebra Skydisk

2. Greek Astronomy
Geocentric model

3. The Copernican Revolution
Heliocentric model

4. Celestial Mechanics
Brahe, Kepler, Galileo
Newton’s Laws
Escape Velocity
Ellipse
Kepler’s Laws Revisited

5. Coordinate systems
Altitude-Azimuth coordinate system
Equatorial coordinate system

6. The Spectrum of Light
Parallax and Parsec
Magnitude
Color Index

7. Telescopes
Quality of seeing
Visible light
Radiotelescopes
IR, UV, X-Rays

Mindmap Part I

PART II: The Nature of Stars

8. Binary stars

9. Classification of stellar spectra
Spectral Lines
Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

10. Stellar Atmospheres

11. The Interior of Stars
Hydrostatic Equilibrium
Energy Sources and Luminosity
Nuclear Reactions
Energy Transport
Stellar Modelling

12. The Sun
Solar Model
The Solar Neutrino Problem

13. The life and death of the stars
Protostar formation – infographic
Protostar formation – mindmap

Resources

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