FA221 Open problems of physics of stellar atmospheres and winds

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. RNDr. Jiří Kubát, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Brankica Kubátová, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Mikulášek, CSc.
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. RNDr. Jiří Kubát, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Completion of the lectures F7600 "Physics of stellar atmospheres" and F8601 "Modelling of stellar atmospheres" (or some alternative education in the field) may offer better understanding of the problems discussed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
The goal is to present to participants open topical problems of the research in the field of stellar atmospheres and winds.
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course the students will
  • be informed about selected actual topical problems in the field of theory and observations of stellar atmospheres and stellar winds
  • establish contacts with active scientists in the field
  • gain experience with preparing seminar talks on actual problems in the field
  • gain experience in scientific discussions in English
  • Syllabus
    • Selected topics from the theory of radiation transfer, astrophysical atomic physics, interaction of matter and radiation, stellar atmospheric physics and modelling, dynamics of stellar winds will be discussed. Subjects for discussion will be chosen according to their actual importance.
    • HUBENÝ, Ivan and Dimitri MIHALAS. Theory of stellar atmospheres : an introduction to astrophysical non-equilibrium quantitative spectroscopic analysis. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2015. xvi, 923. ISBN 9780691163291. info
    • CASTOR, John I. Radiation hydrodynamics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xii, 355. ISBN 0521540623. info
    • LAMERS, Henny J. G. L. M. and Joseph P. CASSINELLI. Introduction to stellar winds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. xiv, 438 s. ISBN 0-521-59565-7. info
    • MIHALAS, Dimitri. Stellar atmospheres. 2nd ed. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1978. xx, 632. ISBN 0716703599. info
    Teaching methods
    Each lesson consists of an introductory talk followed by detailed discussion. Talk and discussion will be in English. Invited specialists may take part as well.
    Assessment methods
    Active participation at the seminar.
    Language of instruction
    Further Comments
    Study Materials
    The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
    The course is taught each semester.
    The course is taught: every week.
    Teacher's information
    The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, autumn 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
    • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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