Blackboard lectures of the year 2015

The courses are organized in reverse order of time.

Quarter 4: Selected topics of Special & general relativity | Olaf Wucknitz (MPIfR) 

This BBL will be postponed!


Time and space in special relativity: Sagnac effect, twin paradox and Ehrenfest paradox - Gravitational lensing in more general situations: Moving lenses - General relativity: Has the speed of gravity been measured by the Jupiter experiment of Kopeikin and Fomalont? - Can gravity lens gravity?  


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Quarter 3: Introduction to Structure Formation | Dr. Hendrik Hildebrandt (Argelander-Institut für Astronomie)


Lecture 1: June 16 at 10:00 in 3.25:

homogeneous world models, linear perturbation theory | video

Lecture 2: June 17 at 10:00 in 0.01:

correlation functions and power spectra video

Lecture 3: June 18 at 10:00 in 0.01:

non-linear structure growth video

Lecture 4June 23 at 10:00 in 0.01:

CMB theory and observations video

Lecture 5: June 24 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Weak gravitational lensing video



Quarter 2: Introduction to planet formation | Prof. Dr. Lucas Labadie (I. Physikalisches Institut Uni. Cologne) 

The course focuses on the conditions of planet formations in PMS disks and their time evolution.


Lecture 1: April 14, 2015 at 10:00 in 0.02:

Observational evidence of exoplanetary systems: introduction, methods and statistics | video (.mov) video (.mkv)

Lecture 2: April 15, 2015 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Structure and physics of protoplanetary disks video (.mov) | video (.mkv)

Lecture 3: April 16, 2015 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Protoplanetary disks evolution and planet formation video (.mov) | video (.mkv)

Lecture 4: April 21, 2015 at 10:00 in 0.02:

Planet formation and disk dispersal | video (.mkv)

Lecture 5: April 22, 2015 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Planet migration; Future directions | video (.mkv)




Quarter 1: Principles of Star Formation | Dr. Jens Kauffmann (MPIfR)


The star formation process is fundamental to the birth of stars, planets, and entire galaxies. Research in the past decades has produced several frameworks that allow to better understand this process. We have a first reasonable grasp of the processes on parsec–scales that control the collapse of molecular clouds into stars. And we have a sense of how galactic structure on kiloparsec–scales governs the global star formation rate of galaxies. What is lacking at this point is to connect these two spatial domains to produce a coherent picture of star formation in the cosmos. Facilities like ALMA, JWST, ELTs, and the SKA now allow to make these connections.
This lecture series gives an introduction to processes and scaling laws relevant at different spatial scales (i.e., individual young stars, molecular clouds, and parts of galaxies). The goal is do develop a vision of the problems that can be tackled in the next decade.


Lecture 1: January 20 at 10:00 in 0.02:

 Structure of Star–Forming Regions | video (01:59:12)

Lecture 2: January 21 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Cloud Stability and Collapse video (01:53:43)

Lecture 3: January 22 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Star Formation in the Milky Way video (01:45:58)

Lecture 4: January 27 at 10:00 in 0.02:

Star Formation in the (Nearby) Universe | video (01:50:15)

Lecture 5: January 28 at 10:00 in 0.01:

Research with Future Facilities | video (01:52:52)


Review Articles:
Kennicutt, Robert C.; Evans, Neal J. — Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies
Portegies Zwart, Simon F.; McMillan, Stephen L. W.; Gieles, Mark — Young Massive Star Clusters
Fukui, Yasuo; Kawamura, Akiko — Molecular Clouds in Nearby Galaxies
Reference Book on Star Formation:
Beuther, Henrik; Klessen, Ralf S.; Dullemond, Cornelis P.; Henning, Thomas — Protostars & Planets VI
Selected Research Papers:
Lada, Charles J.; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, João F. — On the Star Formation Rates in Molecular Clouds
Lada, Charles J.; Forbrich, Jan; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, João F. — Star Formation Rates in Molecular Clouds and the Nature of the Extragalactic Scaling Relations
Leitner, Samuel N. — On the Last 10 Billion Years of Stellar Mass Growth in Star-forming Galaxies

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