Fall 2016

- 1. Specific intensity, radiative transfer equation
- 2. Thermal radiation, Planck law, brightness temperature
- 3. Einstein coefficients, scattering, diffusion
- 4. Radiation fields, dipole moment, Thomson scattering
- 5. Radiation spectrum
- 6. Bremsstrahlung
- 7. Cyclotron and synchrotron radiation
- 8. The synchrotron spectrum
- 9. The synchrotron spectrum, synchrotron self-absorption and cooling
- 10. Compton and inverse Compton scattering
- 11. Inverse Compton scattering (continued)
- 12. Atomic transitions
- 13. (Hyper)fine structure
- 14. Oscillator strengths, selection rules, transition rates
- 15. Line broadening, molecular transitions
- 16. Molecular transitions
- 17. Measuring elemental abundances from stellar spectra using line strengths

- Problem Set 1, due Tuesday, October 4; solutions
- Problem Set 2, due Tuesday, October 11; solutions
- Problem Set 3, due Tuesday, October 18; solutions
- Problem Set 4, due Tuesday, November 1; solutions
- Problem Set 5, due Tuesday, November 8; solutions
- Problem Set 6, due Thursday, November 17; solutions
- Problem Set 7, due Tuesday, November 29; solutions
- Problem Set 8, due Friday, December 2; solutions

- Final exam instructions
- Final exam, to be posted Monday, December 5; due Friday, December 9, 1:00 pm

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