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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

classroom language
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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