Univ. Bremen
Dr. M. Scharringhausen
Stellar Astrophysics
(S2, compulsory, 6 ECTS)
Learning Outcomes:– Knowledge about the objects in astrophysics
– Understanding of fundamental physical processes of astrophysics
Knowledge and Understanding:

Applying Knowledge and Understanding:
PrerequisitesExperimental Physics
Program– Basic notions
o Brightness / Magnitude
o Distance measurements
– Stellar physics
o Classification of stars
o Internal energy conversion & transport mechanisms
o Formation of stars
o Lane-Emden equation
o Final states (white dwarf, neutron star, black hole)
– Star clusters
o Types of clusters
o Statistical methods to study clusters
o Formation of clusters
– Galaxies
o Classification
– Cosmology
o Basic principles
o Poor Man’s approach to General Relativity
o Friedmann equations
– Space telescopes
Description of how the course is conducted– Contact hours (lecture + exercise): 56 h (4 h x 14 weeks)
– Preparation, learning, exercises: 56 h (4 h x 14 weeks)
– Preparation for exam: 68 h
Total working hours: 180 h
Description of the didactic methods
Description of the evaluation methodsWrittem exam
Adopted Textbooks– An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics
Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition
ISBN-10/13 : 1108422160 / 978-1108422161
– Principles Of Heliophysics: a textbook on the universal processes behind planetary habitability, https://arxiv.org/abs/1910.14022
Recommended readings