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Syllabus of the course: Astrophysics I

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Astrophysics I, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorV. Charmandaris, I. Papadakis
ProgramMonday, 16:00-18:00, Amphitheater B
Tuesday, 13:00-15:00, Amphitheater B
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to second year students. It consists of an introduction to the physics that determine the formation and evolution of stars. It also includes a presentation of the basic history in the developments of various astronomical concepts, as well as an extended coverage on the details of the physical processes in the Sun.
SyllabusIntroduction to Astronomy (Historical concepts - the Solar System), Distances and luminosities of celestial objects (Telescopes), Solar radiation and other stars (Solar constant - Black body radiation), Physical process in the Sun (Nuclear reactions - Nucleosynthesis - Photon Diffusion - Turbulence - Phenomena of the Solar atmosphere), Stellar clusters and the Hertzsprung - Russell diagram, Structure and Evolution of stars (Main sequence- Giant branch - Supernovae explosions), Stellar remnants (White Dwarfs - Neutron Stars - Black Holes), Double stars (Compact stars in a double system - accretion disks - jets).
Bibliography"An Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics" - B. Carroll, D. Ostlie

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