High Energy Astrophysics - Selected Topics

    Jointly taught by Huirong Yan and Christoph Pfrommer

    The course intends to give a broad overview and recent developments in cosmic ray physics and high-energy radiative processes. We will cover some interesting applications ranging from small scales in solar physics, over the inter-stellar medium in galaxies to the largest scales with clusters of galaxies. Marks will be based on four weekly assignments. Topics include:

    Schedule (Mon 4:30pm-5:30pm, Thur 1pm-2pm; MP1318)

    Feb 25Quasilinear theory of cosmic rays[pdf]
    Feb 28Diffusive shock acceleration - Fermi I process[pdf]
    Mar 3Large scale MHD turbulence in CR transport[pdf]
    Mar 6Nonlinear CR transport and Fermi II acceleration[pdf]
    Mar 10Turbulence and cross field tranport of Cosmic Rays[pdf]
    Mar 13Small scale turbulence and instability in Fermi I and CR transport [pdf]
    Mar 17Cosmic ray interactions and radiative processes[pdf]
    Mar 20Confronting theory with observations [pdf][slides]


    1. Assignment 1 - Due 6 Mar 2008.
    2. Assignment 2 - Due 13 Mar 2008.
    3. Assignment 3 - Due 20 Mar 2008.
    4. Assignment 4 - Due 27 Mar 2008.