PHYS5513 Advanced Topics in Astrophysics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit builds on PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. The unit covers a range of advanced topics in at the frontiers of astrophysics and cosmology reflecting the most recent research developments, including advanced radio astronomy techniques, cosmology active galactic nuclei, galactic dynamics and the dynamics of our Milky Way; high performance computing and computational astrophysics; astrophysical shocks; and compact objects (e.g. black holes and neutron stars).
In addition to the specific knowledge imparted, students develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving and quantitative analysis.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) eight assignments; (2) two projects; and (3) two 2-hour examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthew Young
Unit rules
PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics
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