Frontiers of Astrophysics
天体物理前沿
2019 spring semester

 

Information

Responsible teacher: Zhuo Li (黎卓) (Rm 108, KIAA bldg; zhuo.li@pku.edu.cn; phone 62754891).

Time: 10:10-12:00am, Thursday.

Place: Rm 2907, Dept of Astronomy, No. 2 Science Building (理科2号楼92907).

 

 

Course description

This course aims at the beginners, i.e., senior undergraduates and first-year postgraduates, who have little experience in astrophysics research. The class consists of a series of lectures covering many active fields and hot topics in astrophysics. Each week there will be one focused topic, presented by one of KIAA and DoA faculty, or astronomers from the other institutes. The in-class teaching leaves a significant fraction of time for free discussions and for questions from students. At the end of the course, the students are expected to grasp the general ideas and status of the advanced topics in modern astrophysics.

 

 

Schedule

Date

Lecturer

Topic

Feb 21

Xu Renxin

Pulsar = Strangeon Star?

28

Chen Xian

Re-discover the cosmos through gravitational waves

March 7

Jiang Linhua

High-z quasars and galaxies

14

Dong Subo

Supernovae & time domain astronomy

21

Li Hong (IHEP)

Cosmic microwave background and Ali project

28

Kohei Inayoshi

Star & galaxy formation at high z

April 4

Wang Jing

HI observation of low-z galaxies

11

Wang Ke

High-mass star formation at high resolution

18

Zhan Hu (NAOC)

Cosmological probes

25

Gregory Herczeg

Star and planet formation

May 2

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Holiday

9

Deng Licai (NAOC)

Stellar and stellar-cluster astrophysics

16

Wang Ran

Millimeter/radio study of high-z quasars

23

Shao Lijing

Gravitational waves and fundamental physics

30

Lee Kejia

Fast radio bursts

June 6

Li Zhuo

High-energy neutrinos

13

 

Exam

 

 

Homework


For graduates:

1.      Weekly study notes for each lecture - The length is (no more than) one page (A4), with letters of 12pt/小四 size. Submit homework in the class, and the due time is the next Thursday of the related lectures. The notes should explain:

(1)   WHAT the problems discussed in the lecture are, describing also the background knowledge (things known) and the current status of the field;

(2)   the scientific significance (WHY the problems are important);

(3)   the difficulties, and the prospects (HOW to solve the problems in the future).

2.      Final report - Select the most favorite topic in the whole series and write a final report. The content of the report is similar to the weekly study notes, but the report should be written in greater details and more complete. The length of the report is more than two pages (A4) with 12pt/小四 size. The due time is by 5pm, June 6, Thursday. Submit to my mailbox in the first floor of KIAA.

 

For undergraduates:

Write weekly study notes for each lecture. The length is a half-page (A4) with 12pt/小四 size. Submit homework in the class, and the due time is the next Thursday of the related lectures. The notes are expected to explain:

(a) what the frontier problems in the related field are; and tell

(b) what you think after the lecture.

 

 

Grading

The final grade for this course will be determined roughly as the following.


For graduates:
Homework: 60% (weekly study notes) + 25% (final report).
Participation: 15% - Attend and participate by actively interacting with teachers in the class.

For undergraduates:
Homework: 40%
Participation: 10% - Attend and participate by actively interacting with teachers in the class. Ask at least 5 questions for full score.
Exam: 50% - book-opening exam.