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Advanced topics in Astrophysics

Credit 0.125 EFTSL
ICRAR Node Curtin University
Unit Code Enrol at Curtin in PHYS4003
Offering Semester 2
Content Always refer to the Curtin Handbook for the most up-to-date and correct information.

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.

Learning Outcomes At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced principles, concepts and methods in Physics to generate solutions to complex problems and theoretical situations with intellectual independence
  2. Use established and emerging technologies to collect, manipulate, present and interpret scientific data; argue the merits and limitations of current technologies
  3. Develop strategies to take responsibility for their own learning and practice to continue to learn as a graduate in their chosen field
  4. Critically review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of sources to develop coherent and logical arguments
  5. Reflect and evaluate issues and concepts from a global perspective, showing consideration for a diversity of scientific opinion
Assessment Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows:

  1. Assignments
  2. Tests and Exam

Further information will be  available in the unit outline.

Unit Coordinator(s)  Ramesh Bhat