Astronomy

  • GRS AS 701: Introduction to Astrophysics
    Introduction to astronomical and astrophysical nomenclature and concepts. Coordinate systems, celestial orbits, radiation, stars, stellar structure, stellar evolution, clusters of stars, galactic components, galactic structure, galaxy types, active galaxies, cosmology.
  • GRS AS 703: Introduction to Space Physics
    Survey of physical phenomena in the sun, solar wind, magnetospheres, ionospheres, and upper atmospheres of objects in the solar system. Introduction to the physical processes governing space plasmas, solar-terrestrial interactions, and ionized and neutral media surrounding the Earth and other solar system bodies.
  • GRS AS 704: Cosmic Gas Dynamics
    Gas dynamics as applied to astrophysical settings. Basic fluid mechanics. Ideal gases. One- dimensional gas flow. Supersonic flows and shock waves. Quasar jets and stellar winds. Fluid instabilities, turbulence, and convection.
  • GRS AS 706: Radiative Processes and Spectroscopy
    Generation, propagation, and transfer of electromagnetic radiation. Spectral energy distributions, continuum radiation, atomic and molecular spectral lines. Energy levels in atoms and molecules. Interaction of radiation with matter, transfer of radiation through astrophysical media. Thermal and nonthermal radiative processes.
  • GRS AS 708: Cosmic Plasma Physics
    Physics of space and astrophysical plasmas. Individual particle drifts in fields, electrostatic and electromagnetic waves and instabilities, magnetohydrodynamics, kinetic theory of waves, instabilities, and Landau damping.
  • GRS AS 709: Observational Techniques
    Telescopes, light detection, and analysis tools and techniques of experimental astronomy. Signal-to-noise calculations. Photometric and spectroscopic instrumentation and applications. Use of the observatory, CCD light detectors, modern software analysis tools, image processing. Proposal writing and science writing.
  • GRS AS 720: Graduate Research and Scholarship
    An introduction to the methods of research and scholarship required for successful graduate study and the associated ethical issues. Topics include choosing a research advisor, the research topic, the research record, scholarly writing and publishing, intellectual property, and research funding.
  • GRS AS 751: The Interstellar Medium
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726.
    Interstellar medium components and phases. Neutral hydrogen clouds, 21 cm line, Zeeman effect. Ionized nebulae, free-free radiation, recombination lines, ionization balance, thermal balance. Molecular clouds, collisional and radiative excitation, line formation and propagation, rotational and vibrational energies. Interstellar chemistry.
  • GRS AS 753: Normal Galaxies and the Milky Way
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 710 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726.
    Normal galaxies and the Milky Way as systems. Stellar components and clusters, elliptical and disk galaxies. Luminosity functions, radial distributions, distance indicators, triaxial spheroids, and central bars. Motions near the sun, asymmetric drift, velocity ellipsoid, galactic rotation, Oort formulae, gas distributions, galactic center.
  • GRS AS 757: High-Energy Astrophysics
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 725 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Physics of interactions between high-energy particles and photons. Compton scattering; nuclear collisions; acceleration and energy losses of high-energy particles; neutrino production; physics of cosmic rays; pulsars; accretion onto compact objects; active galactic nuclei and other high-energy phenomena.
  • GRS AS 781: Planetary Atmospheres
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 726; or consent of instructor.
    Planetary and cometary atmospheres; atmospheric vertical mixing; radiative processes; catalytic ozone destruction; aurorae and airglow; planetary ionospheres; energy budgets. Planetary evolution: solar nebula, outgassing, water loss on Venus and Mars, escape of light gases, greenhouse effect, isotope fractionation, impact theory.
  • GRS AS 785: Magnetospheres
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Solar wind/magnetosphere interaction. Magnetospheric dynamics and substorms. Magnetospheric electric fields and current systems. Ionosphere/magnetosphere coupling. The aurora. Magnetospheric plasma waves and instabilities. In situ plasma and field diagnostics.
  • GRS AS 786: The Sun and Heliosphere
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS AS 701 ; GRS AS 703 ; GRS AS 712 ; GRS AS 713 ; GRS AS 726 ; GRS AS 727; or consent of instructor.
    Fundamentals of solar and heliospheric physics, including observational methods and theory from the sun's interior through interplanetary space and into the local interstellar medium. The sun as a star. Relation of our heliosphere to astrospheres surrounding other stars.
  • GRS AS 791: Special Topics in Astrophysics
    Lecture course examining special topics of current interest in astrophysics. Offered as a 2- or 4-credit course, depending on the topic.
  • GRS AS 850: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 851: Astrophysics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in astrophysics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 865: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 866: Space Physics Seminar
    Weekly seminar offering graduate students and advanced undergraduates discussions of current research topics in space physics with staff and visiting scientists.
  • GRS AS 901: Research in Astronomy
  • GRS AS 902: Research in Astronomy