Blackboard lectures for the year 2012

    The courses are shown in reverse order of time.

    Quarter 3: The Magnetic Interstellar Medium | Prof. Kostas Tassis | home   

    Syllabus:

    Lecture 1: Derivation of MHD equation from the Boltzmann equation. Validity conditions. Flux Freezing approximation.

    Lecture 2: Linearization of MHD equations and derivation of different MHD wave modes. MHD Instabilities and their relevance to the dynamics of the interstellar medium.

    Lecture 3: Derivation of Magnetic Virial theorem and exploration of the stability conditions form interstellar clouds. Critical mass-to-magnetic-flux ratio. Scaling of B-field with density. Angular momentum problem of star formation – magnetic braking . Magnetic flux problem of star formation - ambipolar diffusion.

    Lecture 4: Means of observing interstellar magnetic fields. Polarization of lights. Zeeman effect. Lecture 5: Faraday Rotation. Polarization due to interstellar dust.

    Schedule:   

    Lecture 1: August 31, 10:00-12:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 2: September 4, 10:00-12:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 3: September 5, 10:00-12:00 in 0.02 | video

    Lecture 4: September 6, 10:00-12:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 5: September 7, 10:00-12:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 6: September 8, 10:00-12:00 in 0.01 | video

    Suggested Reading:

    Spitzer, L., Jr. 1998, Physical Processes in the Interstellar Medium, New York: John Wiley & Sons

    Shu, F. H. 1992, Gas Dynamics, Volume II, Sausalito: University Science Books

    Draine, B. T. 2011, Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium, Princeton: Princeton University Press

    Chen, F. F. 1974, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 2nd edn, Volume I: Plasma Physics, New york: Plenum Press

    Jackson, J. D. 1999, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd edn, New York: John Wiley & Sons

    Whittet, D. C. B. 1992, Dust in the Galactic Environment, New York: IOP Publishing

    Kulsrud, R. M. 2005, Plasma Physics for Astrophysics, Princeton: Princeton University Press

    Quarter 2: Physics of Extragalactic Jets | Dr. Tuomas Savolainen 

    Syllabus:

    1. Introduction to relativistic jets and AGN.

    2. Special relativity of jets.

    3. Non-thermal emission processes.

    4. Measuring the physical properties of jets.

    5. Instabilities in jets (Dr. M. Perucho).

    6. Acceleration and collimation of jets

    Schedule:   

    Lecture 1: July 17, at 10:00 in 0.01 | video 

    Lecture 2: July 18, at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 3: July 19, at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 4: July 20, at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 5: July 24, at 10:00 in 0.01 (Dr. M. Perucho, Uni. Valencia) | video

    Lecture 6: July 25, at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Further Reading: 

     Relativistic Jets from Active Galactic Nuclei, M. Boettcher, D.l E. Harris, H. Krawczynski ISBN-13: 978-3527410378 

    Further Reading for “Instabilities in the jet” (M. Perucho):

    - Blandford, R.D, Rees, M.J. 1974, MNRAS, 169, 395

    - Blandford, R.D, Pringle, J.E. 1976, MNRAS, 176, 443

    - Birkinshaw, M. 1991b, in Beams and Jets in Astrophysics, Hughes, P.A. ed., Cambridge, p.278

    - Chandrasekhar, S., 1961, Hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic stability, Clarendon Press.

    - Ferrari, A., Trussoni, E., and Zaninetti, L. 1978, A&A, 64, 43

    - Ferrari, A., Trussoni, E., Zaninetti, L. 1981 MNRAS, 196, 1051

    - Hanasz, M., 1997, in Relativistic jets in AGNs, Ostrowski, M., Sikora, M., Madejski, G., Begelman, M., eds, Krak¶ow, p. 85 (astro-ph 9711275)

    - Hardee, P.E. 1979, ApJ, 234, 47

    - Hardee, P.E. 1982, ApJ, 257, 509

    - Hardee, P.E. 1987, ApJ, 318, 78

    - Hardee, P.E. 2000, ApJ, 533, 176

    - Hardee, P.E., Walker, R.C., Gómez, J.L. 2005, ApJ, 620, 646

    - Lobanov, A.P., Zensus, J.A. 2001, Science, 294, 128

    - Payne, D.G, Cohn, H. 1985, ApJ, 191, 655

    - Perucho, M., Hanasz, M., Martí, J.Ma, Sol, H. 2004a, A&A, 427, 415

    - Perucho, M., Martí, J.Ma, Hanasz, M., 2004b, A&A, 427, 431

    - Perucho, M., 2005, PhD Thesis

    - Turland, B.D., and Scheuer, P.A.G. 1976, MNRAS, 176, 421

    Quarter 1: Time series analysis applications in real-time: Methodology and Application | Dr. Dimitris Emmanoulopoulos 

    Syllabus:

    1)General Introduction: Statistical distributions, random noise processes (white, red), production of artificial light curves through Power Spectral Density. Linear time series analysis methods 2)Time domain methodologies: Running variance methods: Structure function, auto- and cross-correlation functions 3)Frequency domain methodologies: Fourier analysis: Power spectral density estimation, cross spectrum analysis Nonlinear time series analysis methods 4)Very basic introduction with examples for the most commonly met concepts: dynamical system, embedding dimension etc. 5)Commonly used methodologies: phase space reconstruction, dimensionality analysis and what we learn from them

    Schedule:   

    Lecture 1: March 05 at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 2: March 06 at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 3: March 07 at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 4: March 08 at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Lecture 5: March 09 at 10:00 in 0.01 | video

    Literature: 

    Dynamical systems

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    Provenzale et al. 1992, Physica D, 58, 31

    Vio et al. 1992, ApJ, 391, 518

     

    Power Spectral Density

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    Priestley 1981, Spectral Analysis and Time Series: Probability and Mathematical Statistics, London: Academic Press, |c1981

    Papadakis et al. 1993, MNRAS, 261, 612

    Timmer & König (1995), A&A, 300,707      (IDL code: Google "Documentation for IDL Function timmerlc")

     

    Structure function

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    Emmanoulopoulos et al.  (2010), MNRAS, 404, 931

     

    Cross correlation function

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    Edelson and Krolik et al.  (1988), ApJ, 333, 646   (Discrete Correlation Function)

    Alexander T. (1997),proc:Astronomical Time Series, 218, 163, ser.Astrophysics and Space Science Library. ed. Maoz,Sternberg & Leibowitz (z-transformed discrete correlation function)

    Li et al. (2004), Chin. J. Astron. Astrophys. 4, 583 (Modiefied cross correlation function)

    Gaskell and Sparke (1986), ApJ, 305, 175 (Interpolatedd cross correlation function)

    Gaskell and Peterson (1987), ApJS, 65, 1 (Interpolatedd cross correlation function)

     

    General statistics and time series

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    Bevington & Robinson 1992, Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York

    Press et al.1992, Numerical recipes in C. The art of scientific computing, Cambridge: University Press, |c1992, 2nd ed.

    Brockwell and Davis 2000, Introduction to Time Series and Forecasting, New York: Springer-Verlag, |c2002, 2nd ed.

     

    Nonlinear time series analysis

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    Albano, A. M., Passamante, A., & Farrell, M. E. 1991, Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 54, 85

    Takens, F. 1981, in Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 898, Dynamical Systems and Turbulence, ed. D. A. Rand & L. S. Young, Warwick 1980 (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), 366-381

    Sauer, T., Yorke, J. A., & Casdagli, M. 1991, Journal of Statistical Physics, 65, 579

    Brandstater, A. & Swinney, H. L. 1987, Phys. Rev. A, 35, 2207

    Sato, S., Sano, M., & Sawada, Y. 1988, Phys. Rev. A, 37, 1679

    Elner, S. 1988, Phys.Lett.A, 133, 128

    Grassberger, P. & Procaccia, I. 1983, Phys. Rev. Lett., 50, 346

    Grassberger, P. & Procaccia, I. 1983, Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 9, 189

     
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