Dr. Christopher O'Dea

Building 76, Office 1268

Office phone: 475-7493

E-mail: odea at cis.rit.edu

Tuesday 9:30 - 10:45 am Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am Room 76-1230

- Properties of Astrophysical Radiation
- Radiation and Radiative Transfer
- Black Body Radiation
- Radiation from Moving Charges
- Bremstrahlung
- Synchrotron Radiation
- Compton scattering

- Properties of Radiation (RL 1.1-1.3; K4) introductary slides
- Properties of Radiation (continued), Radiative Transfer (RL 1.3, 1.4; K6.1-6.6)
- Radiative Transfer (continued), (RL 1.4; K6.1-6.6)
- Thermal Radiation - derivation of Stefan-Boltzmann and the Planck Function (RL 1.5; K5.1-5.2)
- Properties of Black-Body Radiation (RL 1.5; K5.3-5.4), Einstein Coefficients (RL 1.6; K6.11)
- Einstein Coefficients continued (RL 1.6; K6.11) and Scattering (RL 1.7, K6.7-6.10)
- Scattering and Diffusion (RL 1.7-1.8; K6.7-6.10)
- Scattering and Diffusion continued (RL 1.7-1.8; K6.7-6.10), Div, Grad, Curl
- Maxwell's Equations (RL 2.1; K7.1-7.3)
- Plane E&M Waves (RL 2.2-2.3; K7.4-7.5)
- Stokes Parameters and Polarization (RL 2.4; K 7.5), Electromagnetic Potentials (RL 2.5; K 10.1)
- Electromagnetic Potentials continued (RL 2.5; K 10.1) Transfer Theory and Geometrical Optics (RL 2.6; K 8.0), Lienard-Weichart Potentials & Radiation Fields (RL 3.1-3.2; K 10.2-10.3)
- Lienard-Weichart Potentials & Radiation Fields continued (RL 3.1-3.2; K 10.2-10.3) See also an animation
- Radiation for Nonrelativistic Systems of Particles (RL 3.3; K 10.4-10.6), Thomson Scattering (RL 3.4; K 10.7)
- Thomson Scattering (RL 3.4; K 10.7), Radiation Reaction Force (RL 3.5; K 10.8),
- Lorentz Transformations (RL 4.1) Field transformations (4.5)
- Fields of a uniformly moving charge, Relativistic mechanics and Lorentz 4-Force (RL 4.6-4.7)
- Emission from Relativistic Particles (RL 4.8),
- Invariant Phase Volumes and Specific Intensity (RL 4.9); Bremstrahlung from Single Speed Electrons (RL 5.1; K 12.1)
- Bremsstrahlung (RL 5.2-5.4; K 12.2-12.6),
- Synchrotron Emission (RL 6.1; K 13.1)
- Synchrotron Emission (RL 6.2-6.5; K 13.2-13.5)
- Synchrotron Emission (RL 6.6-6.8; K 13.2-13.5),
- Synchrotron Emission: minimum energy, radiative lifetime (notes);
- Compton Scattering (RL 7.1; K 14.1)
- Compton Scattering (RL 7.1 - 7.3; K 14.2-14.4)
- Compton Scattering with Repeated Scattering (RL 7.4-7.6)

RL is Rybicki and Lightman, K is Kaiser

Since this is a common graduate course, there are several versions of lecture notes available. I suggest

- E. Chaing (Berkeley) transcribed by A. Parsons here
- Elements of Astrophysics by N. Kaiser (IfA, Hawaii) here Part II, Chap 4-14
- J. Poutanen (Oulu) here
- E. Tolstoy (Groningen) here
- J. Wilms (Erlangen-Nuremberg) here
- J. J. Condon and S. M. Ransom (NRAO) Chap 2,4,5

- F. Reif,
*Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics* - H. Schey,
*Div, Grad, Curl, and all that*

- problem sets 50%
- review paper 25%
- presentation to the class 25%

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Last modified August 23, 2013.
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