Advanced topics in Astrophysics
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This unit covers a range of topical issues in radio astronomy and astronomical techniques, providing important background to some of the cutting-edge astrophysics research undertaken at ICRAR. It is split into four modules, covering accretion and jets; pulsars; the early Universe; and statistical techniques for astronomy. Students will explore the physics of accretion in both spherical and disk geometries, and the link between accretion and jet ejection in black holes and neutron stars. After an introduction to radio pulsars, they will discuss pulsar emission mechanisms and the use of pulsar timing arrays to detect gravitational waves. In the statistical methods module, they will cover probability, data modelling and regression, applying common computational techniques in an astrophysical context. Finally, they will investigate the astrophysics of the early Universe, including the cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations, and the epoch of reionisation.
|At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:
|Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows:
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