Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2022/2023

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

At the end of the course, the student will gain a deeper knowledge of the concepts regarding the synchrotron radiation and its relation with other processes of the production of radiation in astrophysics. Various astrophysical bodies will be analysed, ranging from interstellar gas, star formation and end-products, generation of radio jets on various scales, processes at the centre of galaxies and in the intergalactic medium, relativistic particle acceleration and re-accelerating, etc. The student will have advanced knowledge on both classical as well as new topics in radioastronomy, in the general framework of modern astrophysical research. The student will be able to understand and present in a critical manner research papers on arguments discussed during the course.


The contents of this course can be summarised as follows:

0. Brief recap of emission mechanisms and plasma effects on e-m wave propagation

1. Radioastronomy: detectors & instumentation

2. The InteStellar Matter (ISM) detected by radioastronomy; HI in spiral galaxies & the rotation curve (& Oort Constants)

3. Molecules in the ISM and their relation to star formation

4. Young stellar objects & maser emission (& mega masers)

5. The Sun and Radio Stars

6. Supernovae and their radio remnants

7. Pulsars

8. Microquasars

9. The Milky Way and SgrA*

10. Emission from normal galaxies, star forming and starburst galaxies. Radio Galaxies. Deep fields & radio source population

11. Radio source Physics and evolution; Radio galaxies, FR-I and FR-II (and FR-0)

12.Clusters of galaxies & the (non-thermal) physics of the intergalactic medium


- Wilson, Rohlfs & Huttermeister "Tools of Radio Astronomy", A&A Library, Springer

- Longair, "High Energy Astrophysics", Cambridge University Press

- Additional material more specific to each section will be shown at the beginning of each lecture

Metodi didattici

Oral lectures, with slides and animations. Some scientific works will be critically reviewed, trying to involve the attendants.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

Oral exam. Each candidate will choose the first subject for a discussion, and two further questions will complete the evaluation.

Total duration ~ 45'

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

PC, video-projector, a couple of small experiments.

Link ad altre eventuali informazioni


Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Daniele Dallacasa