2016 Astrophysics and Planetary Physics D

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Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Sato Bunei 
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Mon3-4(石実1-103)  Thr3-4(石実1-103)  
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Course description and aims

We know properties of celestial objects mainly through observations of their radiation. Especially their spectra obtained via spectroscopy covey to us rich information on their physical and chemical properties. This course will provide an overview of stellar and planetary spectra, and basics on spectroscopic observations. Topics include radiative processes, stellar atmospheres, chemical analysis, stellar motion, internal structure of stars, stellar pulsation, instruments for observations, and observations of extrasolar planets. Basics on radiative process and stellar spectra are introduced, together with how to know physical and chemical properties of stars from stellar spectra. Finally observations of extrasolar planets are introduced as advanced topics.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand basics of radiative processes, formation of stellar spectra, and spectroscopic observations.
2) Apply these knowledge to obtain physical and chemical properties of stars and planets.


stellar spectrum, radiative process, stellar atmosphere, spectroscopy, extrasolar planet

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

At the beginning of the class, a summary of the previous lecture is given. Then the main points of the day's lecuture are given, and students are asked to provide solutions to some of the questiones as necessary.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: stellar and planetary spectra Understand general properties of stellar and planetary spectra.
Class 2 Radiation and spectra: radiative transfer Understand basics of radiative transfer.
Class 3 Radiation and spectra: continuous absorption and line absorption Understand origins of continuous and line absorption in stellar photosphere,
Class 4 Radiation and spectra: model photosphere Understand basics of model photosphere.
Class 5 Radiation and spectra: stellar continua Understand measurement and behavior of stellar continua.
Class 6 Radiation and spectra: emission and absorption line Understand measurement and behavior of spectral lines.
Class 7 Stars: chemical abundance Understand basics of chemical analysis of stellar atmospheres.
Class 8 Stars: velocity fields in stellar photosphere Understand stellar rotation, convection, spots and their effects to spectral lines.
Class 9 Stars: internal structure and evolution Understand basics of stellar interior and stellar evolution.
Class 10 Stars: pulsation Understand basics of stellar pulsation.
Class 11 Observations: telescope and spectrograph Understand basics of telescope and spectrograph.
Class 12 Observations: detector, data analysis Understand basics of detector and methods of data analysis.
Class 13 Extrasolar planets: detection techniques Understand various observational methods for extrasolar planets.
Class 14 Extrasolar planets: atmosphere Understand observational properties of atmospheres of extrasolar planets.
Class 15 Extrasolar planets: interaction between stars and planets Understand basics of tidal interaction.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books and course materials are introduced during the course.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student's knowledge of basics of stellar spectra and spectroscopic observations, and the application will be assessed by reports posed a few times (100%).

Related courses

  • EPS.A410 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics A
  • EPS.A411 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics B
  • EPS.A412 : Astrophysics and Planetary Physics C

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