Astronomy Course

University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Jan 2012
This job posting expired on March 31, 2012.
Faculty: Physics and Chemistry
Department: Astronomy
Level: Postgraduate
Study modes: Full time
Course content:
Recent topics include: extrasolar planets and stellar disks: stellar variability and planet finding, the search for occultations in the open cluster NGC 2362, on the formation and evolution of planetary systems, modelling origin of hot dust around sun-like stars, and warped and twisted disks; stellar structure and evolution: 2-dimensional stellar evolution, and evolution and nucleosynthesis of zero-metallicity AGB stars; near-field cosmology: near-field cosmology, resolved stellar kinematics of local group galaxies, and the satellite galaxies of the local group, exploring dark matter locally via a hierarchy of stellar systems; galaxies: star formation thresholds in local face-on spiral galaxies, spiral structure in nearby galaxies, CaII quasar absorbers and their host galaxies, 3-body interactions of supermassive black holes in merging galaxies, and theoretical studies of galaxy and structure formation; quasars and AGN: the evolution of the quasar population, black holes in high-energy astrophysics, active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts, and a near-infrared of quasars and their host galaxies; x-ray astrophysics: x-ray studies of extragalactic radio sources, and heating and transport processes in the intracluster medium; cosmology: lyman-alpha emission and the epoch of reionization, gravitational lensing, preparation for the analysis of point sources with Planck, and likelihood analysis of the cosmic microwave background; in addition to the course fee (University Composition fee) students may have to pay a college fee.
Disciplines: Astronomy, Astrophysics