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Astrophysics III : Stellar and galactic dynamics

PHYS-401

Lecturer(s) :

Kneib Jean-Paul Richard

Language:

English

Summary

The aim of this course is to acquire some knowledge on specific dynamical phenomena related to the origin, equilibrium, and evolution of star clusters, galaxies, and galaxy clusters.

Content

1. Introduction: distances, sizes, masses of stellar dynamics systems such as star and galaxy clusters.

 

2. Potential theory.

 

3. The orbits of stars.

 

4. Equilibria of collisionless systems.

 

5. Stability of collisionless systems.

 

6. Disk dynamics.

 

7. Kinetic theory: relaxation processes, thermodynamics of self-gravitating systems, Fokker-Planck approximation.

 

8. Collisions and encounters of stellar systems

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Bachelor in physics or mathematics and Astrophysics I and II

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra and exercises supervised in classroom

Assessment methods

oral exam (100%)

Resources

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9  BC03  
9-10    
10-11  BC03  
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German