University of Sydney Senior Astrophysics


This page contains notes and other information concerning the 2018 (1st Semester) senior astrophysics module, part of the Senior Physics course.

Computer labs

Most Friday sessions at 12pm are held in the SNH Learning Studio, room 4003 (see table below). Lab handouts are available below or on eLearning; checkpoints are to be completed and marked off by the following lab.


Lecture notes

Date Lecture Topic Lecture
Tue 6 Mar Lecture 1 Introduction pdf  
Wed 7 Mar Lecture 2 Radiation processes pdf  
Fri 9 Mar Lecture 3 Emission and absorption pdf  
Tue 13 Mar Lecture 4 Sources of radiation pdf  
Wed 14 Mar Lecture 5 Stellar structure pdf  
Fri 16 Mar Lab 1 Lab 1: Line formation pdf  
Tue 20 Mar Lecture 6 The main sequence pdf Scientific American article by John Bahcall (1969) on Davis' experiment
Wed 21 Mar Lecture 7 Stellar evolution 1 pdf  
Fri 23 Mar Lab 2 Lab 2: Stellar evolution 1 pdf  
Tue 27 Mar Lecture 8 Stellar evolution 2 pdf  
Wed 28 Mar Lecture 9 Supernovae pdf Core collapse (1.9 Mb); Original from (click on Movies/)
SN1987A rings geometry (4.1 Mb); Original from
Mid-semester break
Tue 10 Apr Lecture 10 Stellar remnants pdf  
Wed 11 Apr Lecture 11 Binary stars pdf • Article about stable orbits in "Strange Orbits" by Ivars Peterson
• Java applet showing some of the incredibly weird orbits: and
Fri 13 Apr Lab 3 Lab 3: Stellar evolution 2 pdf  
Tue 17 Apr Lecture 12 Accretion energy pdf  
Wed 18 Apr Lecture 13 Binary evolution pdf Double pulsar (5.1 Mb) Original from
Fri 20 Apr Lab 4 Lab 4: Roche lobes pdf  
Tue 24 Apr Lecture 14 ADV-only lecture pdf LIGO movies available at
Stuvac (TBD) Review Brief review of major concepts for course pdf  


Last updated 22 Jun 2018

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