Astrophysics III

Stellar and galactic dynamics

Fall semester 2018

Teacher: Prof Jean-Paul Kneib
Assistants: L. Hausammann, Dr. J. Schober, Dr. A. Raichoor

SCHEDULE:

Classes : Wednesday 08:15 – 10:00 BC03
Exercises : Wednesday 10:15 – 12:00 BC03

INFORMATION:

This course is intended for students in the 7th semester of physics. The lectures are given in English, but the handout is in French. Course description (pdf) from the EPFL course book, including references. The lecture handhout is available here.
A virtual box is available for the exercises HERE and its password is “1234”. If needed, you can follow theses tutorials: terminal, python and numpy.

PLAN DU COURS ET DOCUMENTS

Date Subject and notes Compl. Ex. Data Corr.
 1  19.09.2018 Introduction I Ex 01 Sol 01
 2  26.09.2018 Introduction II
 3  03.10.2018 Potential theory
 4  10.10.2018 Milky Way model & Stellar orbits in spherical potential  
 5  17.10.2018 Stellar orbits in axisymmetric potential
 6  24.10.2018 Stellar orbits in triaxial potential
 7  31.10.2018 Equilibrium of collision-less system : Boltzmann equation ; Jeans theorem
 8  07.11.2018 Equilibrium of collision-less system : Jeans equation ; virial theorem
 9  14.11.2018 Equilibrium of collision-less system : virial theorem; projections & deprojections
 10  21.11.2018 Stability of collision-less system
 11  28.11.2018 Spiral arms
 12  05.12.2018 Wave mechanics of differentially rotating disks
 13  12.12.2018 Kinematic theory
 14  19.12.2018 Globular cluster