Relativistic Astrophysics  

at the Astronomy Division, University of Oulu
The course period September 25 - December 14, 2012

Teacher: Juri Poutanen, FY273, ph. 29448-1962, juri.poutanen [at] oulu.fi
Assistent: Alexander Mushtukov, FY 276, ph. 29448-1932, alexander.mushtukov [at] oulu.fi

Aim:
The course aims on giving the students basic knowledge about the relativistic astrophysics. The following topics will be discussed: black holes in the Milky Way and supermassive black holes in other galaxies, neutron stars, pulsars, supernovae, physics of accretion, relativistic jets, clusters of galaxies. Theoretical considerations will be supplemented with the home exercises which constitute the important part of the course.

Literature:
Charles P.A., Seward F.D.: Exploring the X-ray Universe, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995
Frank J., King A., Raine D.: Accretion power in Astrophysics, 3rd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002.


Lectures and exercise sessions (about 20 all together) take place on Tuesdays 14-16 and Thursdays 12-14 in TÄ 219.


Compulsory problems (return by the deadline, => 30 % of the final score) [set 1] [set 2] [set 3] [set 4] [set 5]
Computer exercise (=> 20 % of the final score) [pdf]

Exam. December 14, 9-12. (50% of the final score)  [Questions]



Schedule


Lecture 1: September 25, Introduction [handouts 1]
Lecture 2: September 27, Formation of neutron stars [handouts 2]
Lecture 3: October 2, Radio pulsars [handouts 3]
Lecture 4: October 4, X-ray binaries, X-ray pulsars [handouts 4]
Exercise session 1: October 11 [set 1]
Lecture 5: October 18, X-ray pulsars
Lecture 6: October 23, Accreting millisecond pulsars [handouts 5]
Lecture 6: October 25, X-ray bursts [handouts 6]
Lecture 7: October 30, Black holes [handouts 7]
Exercise session 2: November 1 [set 2]
Lecture 8: November 6, Spherical accretion  [handouts 8]
Lecture 9: November 8, Accretion disks [handouts 9]
Lecture 10: November 13, Accretion disks, cont.
Exercise session 3: November 15 [set 3]
Lecture 11: November 20, Spectral properties of accreting black holes and neutron stars [handouts 10]
Lecture 12: November 22, Timing properties of accreting black holes and neutron stars [handouts 11]
Lecture 13: November 27, Active galactic nuclei [handouts 12]
Exercise session 4: November 29 [set 4]
Lecture 14: December 4, Jets from black holes [handouts 13]
Exercise session: December 11 [set 5] [computer exercise]
Exam, December 14, 9-12. [Questions]