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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title High Energy Astrophysics
Module Code PS529
School School of Mathematical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maria Chernyakova
Semester 2: Maria Chernyakova
Autumn: Maria Chernyakova
Module TeachersMaria Chernyakova
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module focuses on the properties of high energy galactic sources, such as pulsars and X-ray binaries, and processes leading to their formation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Attain a good knowledge of the techniques related to the detection of X-ray and Gamma-ray photons.
2. Critically discuss the high-energy emission properties of X-ray binaries.
3. Understand the physical principles of mass accretion on compact objects (black holes and neutron stars)
4. Quantitatively describe the structure and spectra of accretion disks in their basic form
5. Explain current high energy cosmic ray observations, and describe their features.
6. Summarise the strengths and weaknesses of current theories of star formation.
7. Explain the evolution of stars of a variety of masses, from their formation to their death

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Independent Study79No Description
Assignment Completion10oral presentation on a assigned research paper
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

High energy detectors
X-ray detectors, Gev detectots, TeV detectors, Cosmic Ray detectors

star formation
Jeans instability; Stages of gravitational contraction.

X-ray binaries
Low and high mass X-ray binaries; gamma-ray binaries, colliding wind binaries

Various models of radio, X-ray and gamma-ray pulsars.

stellar evolution
difference between the evolution of low and high mass stars, degenerate gas, supernovae, compact objects

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentsolution of problems given for home work15%n/a
Presentationpresentation of recent astrophysical paper5%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Malcolm S. Longair: 0, High Energy Astrophysics, 978-052175618
  • Bradley W. Carroll,Dale A. Ostlie: 2007, An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Addison-Wesley, 0805304029
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSARMSc in Astrophysics and Relativity

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