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Relativistic Astrophysics and Related Computational Methods

Spring 2014

dr hab. Michał Bejger
associate professor
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center

A monograph lecture course in the spring term of 2014.

Relativistic aspects of astrophysical objects are currently the frontier of astronomy, interesting by itself but also promising as sources of new discoveries; they are pursued both theoretically and experimentally, on ground and in space, with various electromagnetic, neutrino and gravitationalwave detectors.

I plan to talk about our current understanding of the relativistic compact stars, black holes, instabilities, shocks and jets, supernovae explosions and gravitational waves. Each topic is meant to be composed of two parts: the first one will describe an astrophysically-interesting phenomenon, and the second one will concentrate on the relevant underlying computational techniques employed to obtain and study the solutions (first lectures will provide a crash-course of general relativity and an introduction to numerical methods).