Homework 20%; Mid-term exam 15%; Final exam 20%; Class Participation 10%; Exploratory project 15%
EM fields (vacuum waves, spectrum, polarization)
Radiative transfer (intensity, absorption, emission, scattering, diffusion)
Special relativity (4-vectors, Lorentz transformation, beaming, relativistic motion)
Moving charges (equation of motion, retarded potentials, Larmor's formula, multipole fields)
Bremsstrahlung (Rutherford scattering, emission spectrum, absorption)
Synchrotron (emission spectrum, absorption, polarization, power-law electrons)
Compton scattering (cross-section, inverse-Compton, repeated scatterings)
Plasma physics (wave modes, propagation, eikonal equation, scattering by turbulent plasma)
Atoms (quantum transitions, H, He, shell model, K-alpha/Auger processes)
Bound-free (opacity, photoionization, recombination, Milne, Saha)
Spectral lines (broadening, line transfer)
Collisions (rates, (de)excitation, ionization, inelastic)
Molecules (diatomic, rotational/vibrational transitions)
Dust grains (scattering, absorption)
[Shocks] (jump conditions, Fermi acceleration, spherical blastwaves, radiative shocks)
[Nuclei and neutrinos]
[Gravitational radiation]
[Cosmic rays]
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