ASTR4410: Modern Astrophysics#

Lecture notes for ASTR4410 Modern (Stellar) Astrophysics at Valdosta State University. This course is designed using An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Carroll & Ostlie (2007), where it will include summaries of the course material and code implementation/exercises. The course is divided into three sections (Introduction; Stellar Interiors & Star Formation; and Stellar Evolution & Death) that will cover 4 chapters for each section from the textbook. In addition to homework assignments and exams, each student will give an in-class presentation using information from an instructor-assigned:

  • tutorial using astropy


  • a review paper from Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics

where both presentations will be assessed by both the instructor and fellow students. The presentation using the astropy tutorials must explain to the class: how to use the relevant tools and connect to the material in the associated chapters of the textbook (as indicated below).


  • Modeling 2: Create a User Defined Model using astropy.modeling (The Classification of Stellar Spectra)

  • Analyzing UVES Spectroscopy with Astropy (Stellar Atmospheres)

  • Analyzing interstellar reddening and calculating synthetic photometry (The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation)

  • Astronomical Coordinates 4: Cross-matching Catalogs Using astropy.coordinates and astroquery (Main-Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution)

  • Modeling 1: Make a quick fit using astropy.modeling (Stellar Pulsation)

Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics (AARA)#

  • Chemical Composition of the Sun (Asplund et al. 2009)

  • Interstellar Dust Grains (Draine 2003)

  • Theory of Star Formation (McKee and Ostriker 2007)

  • Evolution of Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars (Herwig 2005)

  • Star Formation in the Milky Way and Nearby Galaxies (Kennicutt and Evans 2012)