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Syllabus of the course: Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorV. Charmandaris
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to graduate students as well as to advanced undergraduates. The main goal of the course is a detail presentation of the theory of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis. It is highly recommended that the students have prior knowledge of an introductory course in stellar astrophysics (such as Φ-230) as well as knowledge of modern physics and quantum mechanics (such as Φ-201 and Φ-303)
SyllabusIntroduction to the physics of stars: Stellar mass and radius, temperature and luminosity. The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, stellar populations, nuclear reactions and stellar evolution.
Thermodynamics in the interior of stars: Ideal gas pressure, realistic ionized gas, polytropes
Energy trasport in the interior of stars: Energy balance, radiative transfer, opacity, conductivity, convection, instabilities, emission of neutrinos
Speeds of thermonuclear reactions: Kinematics, Cross sections and speed of a reactions, diffusion factors.
Main thermonuclear stages in stellar evolution: pp reaction, chains: PPI, PPII, PPIII, CNO cycle, He fusion. Advanced stages of fusion, photo-dissociation
Calculations of stellar structure: Boundary conditions, pre-main sequence contraction, main sequence evolution, reg giants and horizontal branch. Effects of stellar rotation, mass loss, and pulsation
Supernovae and the formation of the heavy elements
BibliographyD.D. Clayton, “Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis”, The University of Chicago Press, (1983).
B. Carroll and D. Ostlie “An introduction to modern astrophysics”, Pearson Education (2006)
S. Chandrasekhar, “An Introduction to the Study of Stellar Structure”, Dover, (1967).

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