Computational Astrophysics

Course description Computational Astrophysics
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 4303COAS6
Teacher(s):
  • Prof.dr. S.F. Portegies Zwart
Language: English
Blackboard: No
EC: 6.0
Level: 400
Period: Semester 2
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • Yes A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

Calculus, experience with least one programming language, BSc Physics or Astronomy.

Description

During this course you will learn how to do research with existing computational tools and simulation codes. This will be done by making use of the AMUSE software. You will learn how to perform astronomical simulations using the AMUSE framework. Students, in groups of two, will have the choice from various projects to work on for a number of weeks and in the end give a presentation of the work done and the project results. We use the AMUSE environment (amusecode.org) to perform a number of simulations to study astrophysical phenomena.

Topics:

  • AMUSE in general
  • Gravitational dynamics
  • Stellar evolution
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Code coupling strategies
  • Python
  • Visualization
  • Algorithms

Course objectives

Be able to judge, select and adapt the proper numerical tools for conducting your own research.

Timetable

See MSc schedules

Mode of instruction

Lectures and practica.

Assessment method

Homework and exam.

Blackboard

No.

Reading list

Registration

Via uSis
More information about signing up for your classes at the Faculty of Science can be found here
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Lecturer: Prof.dr. S.F. (Simon) Portegies Zwart
Assistants: Edwin van der Helm, MSc / Clément Bonnerot, MSc

Remarks

Admission is decided on the first day of the course by means of an exam.

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