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4020145167 Cosmic plasma physics  VVZ 

Wed 9-11
weekly NEW 14 1'13 (24) Rolf Bühler
Wed 15-16
weekly NEW 14 1'13 (24) Rolf Bühler

Digital- & Präsenz-basierter Kurs

Most baryonic matter in the Universe is in the form of plasma. Plasma physics is essential to understand astronomical sources, as e.g. stars, active galaxies, pulsars, gamma-ray burst, galaxy clusters or the Cosmic Microwave Background. This lecture will give in introduction to the theory of Magnetohydrodynamics used to describe magnetized plasmas. It will focus on high-energy phenomena occurring within these plasmas, such as particle acceleration and the related emission of high-energy radiation.
Electromagnetism & Special Relativity
Structure / topics / contents
* Observational overview of the high-energy universe
* Introduction to Magnetohydrodynamics
* Radiation processes in cosmic plasmas
* Particle acceleration in cosmic plasmas (shock acceleration, magnetic reconnection)
* Theoretical introduction to high-energy sources as pulsars, active galaxies, galaxy clusters, super nova remnants and our Sun.
Assigned modules
P23.1.1 P22 P23.1
Amount, credit points; Exam / major course assessment
3 SWS, 5 SP/ECTS (Arbeitsanteil im Modul für diese Lehrveranstaltung, nicht verbindlich)
>50% of the exercises
The lecture will preferably be given in english, please contact me if this poses a problem.
Rolf Buehler, DESY Zeuthen
B.V. Somov. Cosmic Plasma Physics . Springer
M. Longair. High-Energy Astrophysics. Cambridge
H. C. Spruit. Essential Magnetohydrodynamics for Astrophysics. arXiv:1301.5572
Russell M. Kulsrud. Plasma Physics for Astrophysics. Princeton University Press
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