College of Arts and Sciences
Interdepartmental Graduate Committee on Astrophysics
Associate Professor Constantine Deliyannis (Astronomy)
Senior Scientist Charles Bower (Physics)
The Astrophysics Program is administered jointly by the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics through the interdepartmental committee named above. Interested students must first gain admission to one of these departments and then petition the committee for entrance into the program after establishing departmental residency. Students may qualify for a master's degree in astronomy or physics while in this program. The astrophysics committee plays an administrative role only. Doctoral dissertations in astrophysics may be directed by any qualified member of the Department of Astronomy or Physics graduate faculty.
Special Program Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
G630 Nuclear Astrophysics (3 cr.) P: A451, P453-P454, or consent of instructor. R: A550, P511. Applications of nuclear physics to astronomy. Fundamental properties of nuclei and nuclear reactions. Element synthesis and energy generation in the big bang, stellar interiors, and supernovae. Discussion of current topics: cosmological nucleosynthesis, solar neutrino flux, explosive nucleosynthesis, high-energy nuclear processes.
G650 High-Energy Astrophysics (3 cr.) Covers cosmic rays from the perspective of astrophysics and high-energy particle physics. Examples of topics that may be included are the production, propagation, and interactions of cosmic rays as well as the experimental detection of cosmic rays. Subtopics include atmospheric and solar neutrinos, magnetic monopoles, point sources of cosmic rays, neutrino oscillations, air showers, and stellar collapse detection.
G750 Topics in Astrophysical Sciences (1-3 cr.) A seminar in astrophysics with special emphasis on subjects involving more than one department. Examples of such topics include planetology, nucleosynthesis, nuclear cosmochronology, isotopic anomalies in meteorites, particle physics of the early universe, and atomic processes in astrophysical systems.