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TÄHT7033 Astrophysical spectroscopy and interstellar medium 6 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:
Describe astrophysical applications of atomic and molecular spectroscopy;
Explain the processes of emission and absorption of line radiation by atoms and molecules;
Explain how spectral lines are formed and interpret spectral line profiles;
Discuss the main heating and cooling processes in diffuse media;
Describe formation and destruction of molecules and dust grains and the roles of dust in the interstellar medium;
Calculate sizes of ionized regions around hot stars and analyze their evolution;
Describe the basics of gas dynamics and illustrate astrophysical shocks;
Describe the main characteristics of stellar winds and different types
of supernovae; analyze their effects on the environments;
Explain processes in star forming regions;
Solve problems on all the topics in the syllabus;
Develop self-study skills.

Teacher responsible

Seppo Mattila

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7-Mar-2017 – 21-Apr-2017
Lectures 28 h
Tue 7-Mar-2017 at 9.00-10.30, XVIII
Tue 14-Mar-2017 at 10.00-12.00, Tuorla
Wed 15-Mar-2017 at 10.00-12.00, Tuorla
Thu 16-Mar-2017 - 20-Apr-2017 weekly at 12.00-13.30, XVIII
30-Mar-2017 , no lecture
Tue 21-Mar-2017 - 18-Apr-2017 weekly at 10.00-12.00, XVIII
Fri 31-Mar-2017 at 8.30-10.00, XVIII
Exercises 12 h
Fri 24-Mar-2017 at 8.30-10.00, XVIII
Fri 7-Apr-2017 at 8.30-10.00, XVIII
Fri 21-Apr-2017 at 8.30-10.00, XVIII