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Theoretical Astrophysics I: Stars and Planets

This is an advance course on the physics of stars (including the Sun) and planets. It starts from reviewing the theory of radiative transfer, including polarised radiation due to scattering and magnetic fields. Then, we will learn about stellar evolution, followed by solar and stellar magnetic activity. Finally, we will study physics of planets, including their formation, evolution, atmospheres, and habitability. The course is given in English.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Astronomy, minimum 2 years of natural science studies.

Literature: Lecture notes and references therein.

Time: Lectures Wednesdays 8:15 - 10:45, exercises Tuesday 10:15-11:45.

Location: Lectures and exercises at KIS, Seminar Room

Beginning: end of October (on odd year numbers)

Astrobiology

Astrobiology is the science that addresses the questions on the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. Organic matter is a fundamental constituent of living systems and represents the substance from which life has been generated on the early Earth. The distribution of organic matter in the Universe has a direct influence on where life could originate. In this lecture course, we examine the major environments in which organic matter is created, including debris of the interstellar medium, organic-rich circumstellar envelopes, solar nebula, and the prebiotic Earth. We study the main energy sources for the life and learn how to find life on exoplanets. The course is given in English.

Prerequisite: Minimum 2 years of natural science studies.

Literature: Lecture notes and references therein.

Time: Lectures Wednesdays 8:15 - 10:45, exercises Tuesday 10:15-11:45.

Location: Lectures and exercises at KIS, Seminar Room

Beginning: end of October (on even year numbers)