Processes of Radiation, the Interstellar Medium, and Star Formation
|ICRAR Node||University of Western Australia|
|Unit Code||Enrol at UWA in PHYS4415 or PHYS5512 (consult with the UWA Astronomy & Astrophysics Coordinator)|
|Content||Stars form in and from the interstellar medium (ISM), and then generate radiation that passes through the ISM. Astrophysicists gather information about stars and the ISM, and indeed about the entirety of the observable universe, by passively observing radiation such as this, and then using the laws of physics discovered on Earth and assumed to be universal, to measure the physical conditions at the distant astronomical source of radiation and in the intervening space between the source and the observer, so that they can test and develop astrophysical models of the observed systems. In this unit, students learn about the physics of the electromagnetic radiative processes encountered in astrophysics that underlie this powerful scientific paradigm, and then see the paradigm’s application to learning about the ISM and star formation. Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to read and understand current research papers on the topics of ISM and star formation, and apply their knowledge of radiative processes to interpret measurements from a broad range of astrophysical systems.|
|Learning Outcomes||At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:
|Assessment||Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows:
Further information will be available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.