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Astrophysics ( M.S. )

1. Training/Research Orientation

  • Astrophysics

2. Program Duration and Credit

Three years generally, the maximum school years are not longer than 5 years (including the extension time).
30 credits of courses in total, at least 19 credits of academic courses.

3. Core Courses and Introduction

Introduction to Astrophysics
"Introduction to astrophysics" is a fundamental course for the astrophysics graduates. Its objectives is to comprehensively introduce the basic knowledge and recent progress for some important fields of research, particularly for the graduates who have learnt some physics courses. This course is the basis for further study of astrophysics of other relevant courses. Contents include:

  • all kinds of celestial bodies and the physical environment in the Universe
  • the celestial coordinate system and astronomical telescope
  • astronomical photometry and spectroscopic data analysis
  • introduction to the solar system
  • star formation
  • internal structure and evolution path of stars
  • introduction to the Milky Way
  • different classes of galaxies
  • central black hole and active galactic nuclei
  • large scale structure of the universe
  • general relativity and “Big Bang” cosmology

Radiation in Astrophysics
“Radiation in Astrophysics”is one of the core courses for the astrophysics graduates. Its objectives is to make them to study and understand different kind of radiative processes in Astrophysics, which will provide a foundation for further study and research in Astrophysics. It includes the followings:

  • Fundamentals of radiative transfer
  • Basic theory of radiation fields
  • Cyclotron radiation, synchrotron radiation and curvature radiation
  • Compton radiation
  • Bremsstrahlung
  • Ionization and recombination radiation
  • Collisional excitation and de-excitation radiation
  • Cherokee radiation

Computational Physics
This course is designed for graduate or senior undergraduate students. It contains basics of computational physics and also introduces some currently used simulation techniques and some of the applications in the field of physics and material science. In order to make the course easy to digest and also to show some practical aspects of the materials introduced in the course, quite a few excises with different levels of difficulty are selected, which will certainly benefit students to fill in the gaps between physics and numerical physics. It will also benefit the students who are going to do research in computational science

Stellar structure and evolution
"Stellar structure and evolution" is one of the core courses for the astrophysics graduates. Its objectives is to acquaint themselves with the fundamental knowledge of stellar physics, including the followings:

  • basic properties of stars,such as the basic physical quantities and measure method, HR diagram, star population, and so on
  • the basic equations of stellar structure, in order to understand some microscopic physics processes, such as the equation of state, opacity, nuclear reactions
  • some simple stellar models, for explaining some observational properties and qualitatively understanding the internal physics during some main evolutionary stages of single star, such as early evolutionary process, the main sequence evolution, the evolution of post-main sequence, and explosion of supernova

Galactic Physics
"Galactic physics" is a professional curriculum of astrophysics field. Its objectives are to let the students master the knowledge about classification of galaxies in the universe, spatial distribution, dynamics and internal structure, stellar populations in galaxies, accretion process around central supermassive black hole, large scale structure of the universe, etc., It is the basis for future research of galaxies. The main contents include:

  • morphology classification of galaxies
  • the main data from galaxy surveys
  • potential theory
  • the stellar dynamics
  • the luminosity function of galaxies
  • gas and dust within galaxies
  • elliptical galaxies
  • spiral galaxies
  • starburst galaxies
  • active galactic nuclei
  • group and/or clusters of galaxies
  • formation and evolution of galaxies
  • cosmological framework

4. Supervisors

Qirong Yuan, Weihao Bian, Weihong Gao.