Astrophysics

Lectures

Besides regular events, irregular lectures are offered depending on time and demand (see below). The according course numbers, times, and the venue can be extracted from Univis. The exact module descriptions, the approximated amount of time that needs to be invested, the credits and the preconditions can be read in the module handbooks. The lectures are generally held in German.

You can download a comprehensive list as a PDF file (German).

The offered courses are:

Elemental Mathematical Methods in Physics I & II (EMMP)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. W. J. Duschl, Prof. Dr. S. Wolf or Dr. T. F. Illenseer

Language: German

The regular lectures EMMP I & II are adressed at beginner students during bachelor studies.

The lectures teach the most important mathematical basics and is meant to give the necessary knowledge of mathematical techniques used in physics, in particular to lay the necessary mathematical ground work for the first physics lectures, and to get a better grasp on more complicated calculations.

The subject material is deepend with weekly exercises.

Computer as a Tool in Physics (winter term)

Lecturers: Dr. T. F. Illenseer or Dr. F. Greiner

Language: German

The regular lecture Computer as a Tool in Physics (Computer als Handwerkszeug, in German) is adressed at beginner students during bachelor studies.

The lecture teaches basic knowledge and techniques in the usage of computers. Thereby windows and linux operating systems are introduced, as well as how to use word processors in order to create scientific texts and formulas (open office and latex). Additionally the evaluation of Data with visualization and analysis software, e.g., GNUplot or Octave are discussed.

The lecture is accompanied by weekly exercises, where students can directly interact with the subject matter.

 

Principles in Astrophysics (winter term)

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. S. Wolf or Prof. Dr. W. J. Duschl

Language: German

This regular lecture is adressed to master students.

This lecture gives a broad overview on the field of astrophysics starting from planet and stars up to first insights into cosmology. Basic observational methods in astronomy are tought. Thereby the underlying physics which are needed to explain these phenoena are explained.

Stellar Astrophysics (winter term)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wolf

Language: German

This regular lecture is addressed to master students.

Accompanying to Principles in Astrophysics, this lecture teaches a more deeper understanding of stars, their types, composition and their atmospheres. A major part is thereby to understand radiativ transfer und the processes within a star.

Star Systems and Cosmology (summer term)

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. S. Wolf or Prof. Dr. W. J. Duschl

Language: German

This regular lecture is adressed to master students.

Besides Stellar Astrophysics this is the second regular lecture, which is build on Principles in Astrophysics. Here larger structures in the like galaxies and cosmology are the main topics.

Special and General Relativity (on demand)

Lecturers: Prof. Dr. W. J. Duschl or Dr. T. F. Illenseer

Language: German

This irregular lecture is adressed to master students.

The most well known effect in special relativity are time dilatation and length contraction. Of coursre, also the equivalence of enegy and mass E=mc² is well known.

In opposite to the theory of newtonian gravity, general relativity can describe the fourth force also phenomenologicly. The most recent evidence for the theory is the measurement of gravitational waves. Additional effects like the perihelion precession of Mercury or the refraction of light by the sun substantiate the theory.

Solutions to the Einstein equations, the fundamental equations in GRT, describe black holes and the evolution of the universe.

The lecture is about the complements the understanding of the fourth fundamental force, as well as basic principles in astrophysics.