Radiative Processes 2016-2017

Rybicki & Lightman: RL

Ghisellini (v2): G

You can choose either the R&L or Ghisellini’s textbook (which is free and can be downloaded from the link above). Using only the slides is fine but it is strongly recommended that you use at least one textbook. Check also the slides of Lecture 1 where I gave a number of alternative suggestions (mostly free books). I am following quite closely the R&L textbook, so that’s the best choice, but again any other textbook of those suggested is fine.

Lecture 1: Introduction & Transfer Theory I.  RL 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 | G Chapter 1

Lecture 2: Transfer Theory II. RL 1.4, 1.6(read only), 1.7 | G Chapter 1

Lecture 3: Thermal & Blackbody Radiation. RL 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 (only Rosseland approximation) | G 2.2

Lecture 4: Relativistic Effects. RL 4.1, 4.9, exercise 4.7 + see examples on Ghisellini (Chapter 3) | G Chapter 3

IMPORTANT: There was a typo and a misleading equation in the slide number 18 of the lecture 4. I have now uploaded the correct version plus a .pdf document (Notes on the Lorentz contraction) with an explanation. You will not be asked about this topic (measuring a length with photons) in the test at the next Werkcollege. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Lecture 5: Bremsstrahlung Radiation.  RL 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (up to The General Multipole Expansion, excluded), 5.1, 5.2, 5.3. Look at the plots on the slides (some are taken from Ghisellini’s book) and  remember to have a look at the final table in the last slide of this lecture.  | G 2.1

Lecture 6:  Recap lecture + Thomson Scattering. RL 3.4, 4.5 | G 5.2

Lecture 7: Cyclotron & Synchrotron Radiation I.  RL 6.1, 6.2 & 4.8 | G 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Lecture 8: Synchrotron Radiation II. RL 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8 | G 4.4, 4.5

Check also Section 4.8 in Ghisellini’s book (independently on whether you’re using the R&L, G or just the slides), it’s a very useful summary.

Lecture 9: Direct and Inverse Compton Scattering I. R&L 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 | G 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

Lecture 10: Inverse Compton Scattering II, Relativ. Bremmstrahlung.  R&L 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7 + 5.4 | G 5.6 & 5.7. 

Lecture 11: Atomic Structure and Radiative Transitions. R&L Chapter 9 +10.1 | G 8.6. 

Since R&L has an overabundant discussion whereas Ghisellini lacks many parts we discussed, I recommend you follow the following notes in the link below.

Lecture 12: Radiative Transitions II & Molecular Structure.  R&L end of Chapter 10 + Chapter 11 

Vragenuur

There were some solutions missing from the Werkcollege 3, now the correct solution files have been uploaded (see Lecture 4 above)