# Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

Computational Science and Engineering Master | ||||||

Fields of Specialization | ||||||

Astrophysics | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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401-7851-00L | Theoretical Astrophysics (University of Zurich)No enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at UZH. UZH Module Code: AST512 Mind the enrolment deadlines at UZH: http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/mobilitaet_en.html | W | 10 credits | 4V + 2U | R. Teyssier | |

Abstract | Radiative processes in the interstellar medium; stellar structure and evolution; supernovae; white dwarfs; neutron stars; black holes; planet formation | |||||

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Literature | (1) "Formation of stars" (S. Stahler and F. Palla - Wiley editions, this is the book on which about half of the classes will be based and photocopies will be organized during first lecture) (2) "Radiative processes in astrophysics" (R. Ribycki and A. Lightman) (3) "The Physics of Stars" (A.C. Philllips) (4) "Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars: The physics of compact objects" (S. Shapiro and S.A. Teukolski). Additionally PowerPoint slides will be prepared by the lecturer on these and extra topics (e.g. planet formation). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: Elementary atomic physics, thermodynamics, mechanics, fluid dynamics. Introduction to astrophysics (preferred but not obligatory). | |||||

401-7855-00L | Computational Astrophysics (University of Zurich)No enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at UZH. UZH Module Code: AST245 Mind the enrolment deadlines at UZH: http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/mobilitaet_en.html | W | 6 credits | 2V | L. M. Mayer | |

Abstract | Acquire knowledge of main methodologies for computer-based models of astrophysical systems,the physical equations behind them, and train such knowledge with simple examples of computer programmes | |||||

Objective | Acquire knowledge of main methodologies for computer-based models of astrophysical systems,the physical equations behind them, and train such knowledge with simple examples of computer programmes | |||||

Content | 1. Integration of ODE, Hamiltonians and Symplectic integration techniques, time adaptivity, time reversibility 2. Large-N gravity calculation, collisionless N-body systems and their simulation 3. Fast Fourier Transform and spectral methods in general 4. Eulerian Hydrodynamics: Upwinding, Riemann solvers, Limiters 5. Lagrangian Hydrodynamics: The SPH method 6. Resolution and instabilities in Hydrodynamics 7. Initial Conditions: Cosmological Simulations and Astrophysical Disks 8. Physical Approximations and Methods for Radiative Transfer in Astrophysics | |||||

Literature | Galactic Dynamics (Binney & Tremaine, Princeton University Press), Computer Simulation using Particles (Hockney & Eastwood CRC press), Targeted journal reviews on computational methods for astrophysical fluids (SPH, AMR, moving mesh) | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Some knowledge of UNIX, scripting languages (see www.physik.uzh.ch/lectures/informatik/python/ as an example), some prior experience programming, knowledge of C, C++ beneficial |

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