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Course Dual Degree (B. Tech + Master of Science / Master of Technology)
Semester Sem. VII
Subject Code ESA412
Subject Title Radiation Processes in Astrophysics


Concepts of Radiative Transfer – special relativity – Maxwell’s equations – Wave equation – retarded potentials – radiation field – Poynting vector – radiation from accelerated charge – bremsstrahlung – Thomson and Compton scattering – synchrotron radiation – thermal and non-thermal distribution of radiating particles – non-thermal synchrotron radiation – self-absorption – synchrotron and Compton cooling – Inverse Compton catastrophe and brightness temperature limit – propagation effects: dispersion, faraday rotation, depolarization – Atomic and molecular spectra – fine structure and hyperfine transition

Text Books

1. G.B. Rybicki and A.P. Lightman, Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley.

2. F.H. Shu, The Physics of Astrophysics vol I: Radiative Processes, University Science Books.

3. W.H. Tucker, Radiation Processes in Astrophysics.


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