ASTR 680, High Energy Astrophysics

Physics in the extreme - strong-gravity general relativity, quantum electrodynamics in ultrastrong magnetic fields, and other topics - is encountered in high-energy astrophysics. The course will introduce the fundamentals of the subject, with a focus on compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars, and will also survey recent exciting developments in this field. Topics include general relativity, accreting neutron stars and black holes, and gamma-ray bursts.

Classes are in CSS 0201 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45.

Policies and course outline

Hints about doing research in astrophysics

More research hints, courtesy of Ilya Mandel (former graduate student at Caltech)

The Ten Commandments of presentations

Additional hints about giving talks

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