F9888 High Energy Astrophysics

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Norbert Werner, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Romana Grossová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Filip Hroch, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jana Musilová, CSc.
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Filip Hroch, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Fri 13:00–14:50 Fs1,01017
Special theory of relativity. Electrodynamics.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
A survey of the hottest and most energetic objects in the Universe and their radiation. Topics include: techniques of X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy; observations of neutron stars (pulsars) and black holes; accretion disks and relativistic jets; supernovae, supernova remnants, gamma-ray bursts, quasars and active galactic nuclei; clusters of galaxies; cosmic rays, neutrinos and gravitational waves
  • 1. Introduction: What is high-energy astrophysics? A brief history of high-energy (X-ray & Gamma-ray) astronomy; telescopes and detectors for high-energy astrophysics
  • 2. Radiation processes and gas processes
  • 3. Supernovae: core collapse and type Ia supernovae and supernova remnants
  • 4. Neutron stars: neutron star structure, pulsars, magnetars, millisecond pulsars
  • 5. Black holes and accretion disks
  • 6. Compact binary systems: low mass and high mass X-ray binaries, X-ray bursts
  • 7. Gamma-ray bursts
  • 8. Active galactic nuclei
  • 9. Strong gravity, rotating black holes, jets, and superluminal motion
  • 10. Hot plasma in galaxy clusters
  • 11. Cosmic rays and high energy neutrinos
  • 12. Gravitational waves
    recommended literature
  • ROSSWOG, Stephan and Marcus BRÜGGEN. Introduction to high-energy astrophysics. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. x, 355. ISBN 9780521857697. info
  • LONGAIR, M. S. High energy astrophysics. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. xvii, 418. ISBN 0521387736. info
    not specified
  • Additional reading material will be distributed in class and/or on the course web page.
Teaching methods
Lectures, project.
Assessment methods
Oral examination. Project presentation.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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