Courses at the Institute for Astronomy

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We offer a program of lectures, courses and activities that cover a broad range of topics in astronomy. Details for the current and upcoming semster are listed below.

Spring Semester 2017

Course Summary Lecturer Links
Advanced Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics Statistical methods are increasingly important in modern science. In this course we will build an understanding of statistical methods beyond Bayesian inference. These include information content of experiments through relative entropy and ABC methods for difficult problem when the likelihood cannot be calculated. We will also cover topics which are now commonly used in cosmology. Dr. Adam Amara
Astrophysics II The course examines various topics in astrophysics with an emphasis on physical processes occurring in an expanding Universe, from a time about 1 microsecond after the Big Bang, to the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes within the next billion years. Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo
Astrophysics III The course should provide basic knowledge for first research projects in the field of star formation and interstellar matter. A strong emphasis is put on radiation processes and the determination of physical parameters from observations. Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid
Extrasolar Planets The course should provide useful basic knowledge for first research projects in the field of extra-solar planetary systems and related topics. Dr. Sascha P. Quanz
Formation and Evolution of Galaxies This course will present an in-depth study of the physics responsible for the formation of galaxies embedded in the evolution of large scale structures in the universe. These include the collapse of baryons and dark matter into self-bound structures, virialisation, cooling, star formation, highly energetic feedback processes and interactions. Dr. Bruno Henriques
Physics Lab II Versuche zu Themen aus den Bereichen der Mechanik, Optik, Wärme, Elektrizität und Kernphysik mit begleitender Vorlesung zur Vertiefung des Verständnisses der Datenanalyse und Interpretation. Dr. Sascha P. Quanz
Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology This is the second of a two course series which starts with "General Relativity" and continues in the spring with "Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology", where the focus will be on applying general relativity to cosmology as well as developing the modern theory of structure formation in a cold dark matter Universe.

Prof. Dr. Lucio Mayer

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier

Black Hole Astrophysics This course will cover topics in black hole astrophysics from galactic X-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei, quasars, and black hole seed formation, as well as galaxy-black hole co- evolution. In each class, students will present and discuss key science and review papers from the literature. Students will gain an overview of black hole astrophysics and practice their presentation and argumentation skills.  Prof. K. Schawinski
       

Fall Semester 2016

Course Summary Lecturer Links
Astronomy / Astronomie An overview on the important topics in modern astronomy: planets, sun, stars, milky way, galaxies, and cosmology. Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid

 

Hot Topics in Astrophysics The goal of this course is to understand some of the phenomena that stand in the forefront of current research in astrophysics, the physical processes behind  them, and how these phenomena are observed by state-of-the-art astronomical facilities. These goals will be achieved by communal discussions, led by the students and chaired by the teachers. Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo  
Astrophysics I This introductory course will develop basic concepts in astrophysics as applied to the understanding of the physics of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier
Physics Lab I Introductory lab course in experimental physics with accompanying lecture. Dr. Sascha P. Quanz
Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics Statistical methods play a vital role in modern cosmology and astrophysics studies. This course will give an overview of the statistical principles and tools that are used in these fields. Topics covered will include basic probability theory, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimators. Dr. A. Amara
Observational Techniques in Astrophysics The course introduces analysis techniques, the basics of astronomical instruments, real-world observational tools, data reduction strategy and software packages used in astrophysics research. The course will also include discussions of current topics in astrophysics with a focus on active galaxies. The course will include the reduction and analysis of real data from a variety of observatories. Prof. Dr. Kevin Schawinski

Spring Semester 2016

Course Summary Lecturer Links
Astrophysics II The course examines various topics in astrophysics with an emphasis on physical processes occurring in an expanding Universe, from a time about 1 microsecond after the Big Bang, to the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes within the next billion years. Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo
Advanced Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics Statistical methods are increasingly important in modern science. In this course we will build an understanding of statistical methods beyond Bayesian inference. These include information content of experiments through relative entropy and ABC methods for difficult problem when the likelihood cannot be calculated. We will also cover topics which are now commonly used in cosmology. Dr. Adam Amara
Astrophysics III Astrophysics III is a course in Galactic Astrophysics. It introduces the concepts of stellar populations, stellar dynamics, interstellar medium, and star formation for understanding the physics and phenomenology of the different components of the Milky Way galaxy. Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid

 

Extrasolar Planets The course covers the physics of the planets in the solar and extra-solar systems and gives a description of planet formation and evolution models. Also discussed in detail are the observational methods for the detection and characterization of extra-solar planetary systems. Dr. Sascha P. Quanz
Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology This is the second of a two course series which starts with "General Relativity" and continues in the spring with "Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology", where the focus will be on applying general relativity to cosmology as well as developing the modern theory of structure formation in a cold dark matter Universe.

Prof. Dr. Lucio Mayer

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier

Black Hole Astrophysics This course will cover topics in black hole astrophysics from galactic X-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei, quasars, and black hole seed formation, as well as galaxy-black hole co- evolution. In each class, students will present and discuss key science and review papers from the literature. Students will gain an overview of black hole astrophysics and practice their presentation and argumentation skills. 

Prof. K. Schawinski

 

 

 

Fall Semester 2015

 Course
Summary Lecturer Links
Astronomy / Astronomie An overview on the important topics in modern astronomy: planets, sun, stars, milky way, galaxies, and cosmology. Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid
Astrophysics I This introductory course will develop basic concepts in astrophysics as applied to the understanding of the physics of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier
Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics Statistical methods play a vital role in modern cosmology and astrophysics studies. This course will give an overview of the statistical principles and tools that are used in these fields. Topics covered will include basic probability theory, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimators. Dr. A. Amara
Kinetic Plasma Processes in Astrophysics Most of the visible matter in the universe is in a plasma state, i.e. a gas of charged particles. This course provides an introduction to fundamental processes characterising astrophysical plasmas, including the theory of waves in collisionless plasmas, plasma instabilities, Landau damping and Cherenkov emission, nonlinear wave-wave and particle-wave interactions. Dr. Francesco Miniati
Observational Techniques in Astrophysics The course introduces analysis techniques, the basics of astronomical instruments, real-world observational tools, data reduction strategy and software packages used in astrophysics research. The course will also include discussions of current topics in astrophysics with a focus on active galaxies. The course will include the reduction and analysis of real data from a variety of observatories. Prof. Dr. Kevin Schawinski
Hot Topics in Astrophysics   The goal of this course is to understand some of the phenomena that stand in the forefront of current research in astrophysics, the physical processes behind  them, and how these phenomena are observed by state-of-the-art astronomical facilities. These goals will be achieved by communal discussions, led by the students and chaired by the teachers. Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo

Spring Semester 2015

Course
Summary Lecturer Links
Astrophysics II The course examines various topics in astrophysics with an emphasis on physical processes occurring in an expanding Universe, from a time about 1 microsecond after the Big Bang, to the formation of galaxies and supermassive black holes within the next billion years. Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo
Astrophysics III Astrophysics III is a course in Galactic Astrophysics. It introduces the concepts of stellar populations, stellar dynamics, interstellar medium, and star formation for understanding the physics and phenomenology of the different components of the Milky Way galaxy. Prof. Dr. Hans Martin Schmid
Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology

This is the second of a two course series which starts with "General Relativity" and continues in the spring with "Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology", where the focus will be on applying general relativity to cosmology as well as developing the modern theory of structure formation in a cold dark matter Universe.

Prof. Dr. Lucio Mayer

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier

Gravitational Lenses of the Dark Universe
Gravitational lensing, first used to test prediction from G. R. that light bends in the presence of a gravitational field, has become an important tool in astronomy. Gravitational lensing effects have been measured from extra-solar planets to galaxy clusters. This represents a dynamic range of 20 orders of magnitude in mass and makes the technique a powerful tool in various astronomical fields. Dr. Adam Amara
Extrasolar Planets

The course covers the physics of the planets in the solar and extra-solar systems, of brown dwarfs, and protostellar disks, and gives a detailed description of planet formation and evolution models. Also described are the observational methods for the investigation of extra-solar systems. Prof. Dr. Michael R. Meyer

Fall Semester 2014

Course
Summary Lecturer Links
Astrophysics I

This introductory course will develop basic concepts in astrophysics as applied to the understanding of the physics of planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Prof. Dr. Alexandre Refregier

 

Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics
Statistical methods play a vital role in modern cosmology and astrophysics studies. This course will give an overview of the statistical principles and tools that are used in these fields. Topics covered will include basic probability theory, Bayesian inference, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimators. Dr. Adam Amara
Hot Topics in Astrophysics unavailable Prof. Dr. Marcella Carollo
Research Practice in Astrophysics The course will explore diverse aspects of the practice of research in astrophysics and will include topics related to the philosophy of science, ethics, and professional development. The course will be focussed on astrophysics, but might be of interest broadly to students in any branch of the physical sciences. Prof. Michael R. Meyer
Astronomy/Astronomie An overview on the important topics in modern astronomy: planets, sun, stars, milky way, galaxies, and cosmology. Prof. Hans Martin Schmid
Observational Techniques in Astrophysics The course introduces analysis techniques from the basics of instruments, real-world observational tools, data reduction strategy and software packages used in astrophysics research. The course will also include discussions of current topics in astrophysics with a focus on active galaxies. The course will include the reduction and analysis of real data from a variety of observatories. Prof. Kevin Schawinski
Fluid Processes in Astrophysics

This course provides an introduction to fundamental processes characterising astrophysical fluids, including instabilities, turbulence, magnetic fields, suprathermal particles, viscosity, and their interactions. Dr. Francesco Miniati
 
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