Introduction to Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

SS 2018


Time & Dates

Thursdays 14:00-15:30 in the USM lecture hall. Weekly between 12.04.2018 and 12.07.2018

There will be no lectures or exercises on:

  • 10.05.2018 (public holiday)
  • 31.05.2018 (public holiday)


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The lecture will give an introduction to radiative processes and radiation transport. While most of the introduction is of general kind, the specific applications will focus on transport processes in stellar or planetary atmospheres and planet-forming disks.

Topics covered in the lecture will include:

  • Radiative transfer quantities
  • The transfer equation and its solutions
  • Introduction to numerical radiative transfer methods
  • Opacities and line transfer
  • Radiative processes

Lecture slides will be posted shortly after the lecture.

Lecture Slides

Date Lecture
12.04. Introduction: Motivation, Intensity, Flux
19.04. Radiative Quantities


The tutorials will consist of both the usual written exercises but also numerical exercises. A computing environment will be provided.

Exercises are taking place at the University Observatory on Fridays, 10am in the Roof Seminar Room.

The exercise sheets will be posted here for download after the lectures.


Exercises take place weekly between 19.10.2018 and 12.07.2018.

Tutorial Due date Exercise Sheet
#1 April 20

numerical setup, no points

#2 April 27 Download