A general introduction to the physics of compact objects (black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs) and binary interactions. We introduce the theory of degenerate Fermi gases and apply it to simple equations-of-states for white dwarfs and neutron stars. We investigate the structure, cooling and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars and compare with observational properties. We analyse the spin of black holes and the formation, evolution and detection of X-ray binaries. Finally, we discuss gravitational waves and the nature of the LIGO detections of binary mergers.
Lectures and exercises.
|Name of exam||Physics of Compact Objects|
|Type of exam|
Written or oral exam
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||Kompakte objekters fysik|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics|
|Department||Department of Materials and Production|
|Faculty||The Faculty of Engineering and Science|