Radiative Processes (year 2014-2015)

The “Grade” for the final exam is calculated already with the 30%-70% average rule. If the exam score was higher than the average score of your in-class tests then we have kept the exam score as the final (provisional) grade.

The retake score instead is calculated without considering the in-class tests.

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On this page you’ll find material of the course “Radiative Processes“, developed for the Bachelor in Astronomy at the Leiden University for the year 2014.

Textbook: Radiative Processes in High Energy Astrophysics

NOTE (24 November 2011): The exercises nr. 8 and their solutions had the wrong file associated. Please re-download them to be sure to have the most up-to-date version.

IMPORTANT NOTE (Wed. 10 Sept.): I’ve changed the link to the textbook above which now points to a new version of the book with several typos corrected. Please use this second version from now on.

Week 1: Introduction part I

  • Slides: lecture1 (08.09.2014). 
  • Exercises 1  (10.09.2014)
  • Material Covered from Textbook: Sections 1.1-1.7.

Week 2: Introduction part II

Week 3: Thermal Radiation and Diffusion Approximation

Week 4: Retarded potentials, Bremsstrahlung

Week 5: Special Relativity

Week 6: Synchrotron Radiation I

Week 7: Synchrotron Radiation II

Week 8: Compton Scattering I

  • Test 7
  • Material Covered from Textbook: Ghisellini 5.1 – 5.4;  Rybicki & Lightman 3.4, 7.1, and 7.2
  • Slides Lecture 8 (pdf)

Week 9: Compton Scattering II

Week 10: Compton Scattering III

Week 11: Atomic and Molecular Lines

Week 12: Mock Exam


  • Summary (check also Radiative and Collisional Excitation on Week 11)

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