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PAP319 High Energy Astrophysics, 5 cr 
Code PAP319  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name High Energy Astrophysics  Abbreviation High Energy Ast 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Astrophysical Sciences

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


After Basic Observational Astronomy course, basic Physics courses.

The course may be offered in the autumn term, periods I - II. The course is offered every second year.

Learning outcomes 

The students obtain the knowledge of the emission processes and particle acceleration mechanisms important for high-energy astrophysics. During the practical part, the students will learn how to reduce the modern high-energy observations.

Completion methods 

Lectures and exercises. Laboratory work.


Basic observational astronomy.

Physics courses.

  • Emission processes.
  • Particle acceleration.
  • Accretion disk.
  • Sources of high energy radiation.
  • High energy instrumentation.
  • Reduction of the high energy data.
Study materials and literature 

Fuvio Melia. High energy Astrophysics.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 
  • Lectures. Excercises.
  • Discussion of the exercises.
  • Discussion of the book chapters.
  • Laboratory work.
Assessment practices and criteria 
  • Excercises.
  • Laboratiry test.
  • Theory exam.
  • Grades 1-5.

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