Extreme States of Matter

Module Code: AA3056

Module Tutor: Derek Ward-Thompson

Next Run Date: Sep 2025

Module Credits: 20

In this module you will cover in depth a limited number of physical concepts that describe the behaviour of matter in extreme conditions using astrophysical examples to illustrate the concepts.

An example topic is ‘Emission Mechanisms’. In this you will learn about electromagnetic radiation, astrophysical plasma, bremsstrahlung, cyclotron, synchrotron, masers, radiative transfer and then apply what you have learnt to astrophysical jets, novae, accretion disks and the Eddington limit.

Recommended Text Book(s)

Advanced Astrophysics, Neb Duric, Cambridge CUP 2004 ISBN-13: 9780521525718 | ISBN-10: 0521525713, £45.00 (also available as an e-book).

High Energy Astrophysics: 3rd edn, Malcolm S Longair, 2011, Cambridge CUP ISBN-13: 9786612942112 ISBN: 9780511922879 (ebook).