Laboratory 

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Course: Gamma and Xray AstrophysicsINSTRUCTOR: Professor George F. Smoot

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics – [George B. Rybicki, Alan P. Lightman]  Rybicki & Lightman John Wiley & Sons, 1979  Pages: 382
Radiative Processes in Astrophysics: This clear, straightforward, and fundamental introduction is designed to presentfrom a physicist's point of viewradiation processes and their applications to astrophysical phenomena and space science. It covers such topics as radiative transfer theory, relativistic covariance and kinematics, bremsstrahlung radiation, synchrotron radiation, Compton scattering, some plasma effects, and radiative transitions in atoms. Discussion begins with first principles, physically motivating and deriving all results rather than merely presenting finished formulae. However, a reasonably good physics background (introductory quantum mechanics, intermediate electromagnetic theory, special relativity, and some statistical mechanics) is required. Much of this prerequisite material is provided by brief reviews, making the book a selfcontained reference for workers in the field as well as the ideal text for senior or firstyear graduate students of astronomy, astrophysics, and related physics courses. Radiative Processes in Astrophysics also contains about 75 problems, with solutions, illustrating applications of the material and methods for calculating results. This important and integral section emphasizes physical intuition by presenting important results that are used throughout the main text; it is here that most of the practical astrophysical applications become apparent. 

High Energy Astrophysics — (third edition) 2011. Longair, M.S. Cambridge: Cambri dge University Press  Pages: 888 Providing students with an indepth account of the astrophysics of highenergy phenomena in the Universe, the third edition of this wellestablished textbook is ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in high energy astrophysics. Building on the concepts and techniques taught in standard undergraduate courses, this textbook provides the astronomical and astrophysical background for students to explore more advanced topics. Special emphasis is given to the underlying physical principles of highenergy astrophysics, helping students understand the essential physics. Now consolidated into a singlevolume treatment, the third edition has been completely rewritten. It covers the most recent discoveries in areas such as gammaray bursts, ultrahigh energy cosmic rays and ultrahigh energy gammarays. The topics have been rearranged and streamlined to make them more applicable to a wide range of different astrophysical problems. 

Additional Advanced Reference for basic electromagnetism: Classical Electrodynamics Third Edition by John David Jackson The defining book covering the physics and classical mathematics necessary to understand electromagnetic fields. 
The student is expected to have completed a standard undergraduate physics curriculum and understand basic electromagnetism and Special Relativity well and a bit of quantum mechanics and so forth. The book Classical Electrodynamics by J.D. Jackson has a very good and strong course covering all the basic and advanced material needed for the course.
1.  Homework  25%  
2.  Quizzes  25%  
3.  Final exam  30%  
4.  Attendance & Participation 
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25%  +  55%  +  20%  =  100% 