Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 6560: Theory of Stellar Structure & Evolution

InstructorsDavid Chernoff
Credit Hours4
Cross-listed with

PHYS 7667


Physics at the advanced undergraduate-level.

Typically OfferedFall

Intended to provide a systematic development of stellar astrophysics, both theory and observations. Topics include: hydrostatic equilibrium; equation of state; radiation transfer and atmospheres; convection and stellar turbulence; nuclear burning and nucleosythesis; solar neutrinos; star formation; pre-main sequence stars; brown dwarfs; end states of stellar evolution (white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes); supernovae; interacting binary stars; stellar rotation and magnetic fields; stellar pulsations; winds and outflows. The prerequisites for the course are all undergraduate level physics. Though helpful, no astronomy background is required.