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PAP320 Radiative Transfer, 5 cr 
Code PAP320  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Radiative Transfer  Abbreviation Radiative Trans 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
  no
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Description
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.

 
Timing 

The course does not depend on other master level courses and can be taken in the first or the second year.

The course will be offered in the autumn term, in I period. The course is lectured every other year.

 
Learning outcomes 
  • You will learn how the microphysical properties of the medium are linked to the macroscopic radiative transport of energy.
  • You will understand the common approximations used in the radiative transfer analysis of astronomical data.
  • You will know the implementation principles of programs that are used in astronomical radiative transfer modelling.
  • You will able to use available programs to model observations of dust and line emission.
 
Completion methods 

Exercises and final project work. Part of the exercises consists of programming tasks. The final project can consist either of the implementation of a simple radiative transfer program or the use of an existing programs to model an astronomical object.

 
Prerequisites 

Mathematics for physicists I-II. Basic programming skills are needed, in the language of your choice.

 
Contents 
  • Radiative transfer equation
  • The local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and large velocity gradient (LVG) approximations
  • The escape probability formalism
  • Radiative transfer for dust continuum
  • Radiative transfer for line emission
  • Monte Carlo radiative transfer
  • Improvements of the basic Monte Carlo scheme
  • Radiative transfer on parallel machines
  • Programs available for radiative transfer modelling
 
Study materials and literature 

Lecture notes

Supplementary reading:

  • Rybicki & Lightman: Radiative processes in Astrophysics
  • Selected research papers (links will be provided on the course website)
 
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work) and a final project (individual). Total hours 130.

 
Assessment practices and criteria 

Final grade is based on the exercises (50%) and the final programming project (50%).

 


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Radiative Transfer  Lecture Course  Mika Juvela 
02.09.19 -30.09.19 mon 10.15-12.00
06.09.19 -04.10.19 fri 12.15-14.00

Future examinations
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Radiative Transfer  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
13.12.19fri 12.00-16.00
registration period has not begun Radiative Transfer  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
14.02.20fri 12.00-16.00
registration period has not begun Radiative Transfer  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
08.05.20fri 12.00-16.00
registration period has not begun Radiative Transfer  General Examination  Mika Juvela 
14.08.20fri 10.00-14.00
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