- Fall 2016
702 Van Allen Hall
9:00–10:30 am Monday and 10:30-11:30 am Tuesday or by appointment
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy
DEO: Prof. Frederick Skiff
Office: 203 Van Allen Hall
High Energy Astrophysics is a graduate level course. The
course will cover: the detection of X-rays and gamma-rays,
analysis of X-ray data, supernovae, neutron stars, pulsars, black
holes, accretion onto compact objects, cosmic rays, acceleration
of high energy particles, active galactic nuclei, the interstellar
medium, and galactic halos.
- Lectures are 1:30-2:45 pm Mondays and
Wednesdays in room 358 of Van Allen Hall.
- The textbook for the course is High Energy Astrophysics
(third edition), by Malcolm Longair published by Cambridge
- There is a website for the course: http://astro.physics.uiowa.edu/~kaaret/2016f_a6880.
The website will contain the syllabus, lecture notes,
and other class-related materials.
- Students are expected to attend all
lectures. Poor attendance is likely to affect success in
- The grade in the course will be determined
from the problem sets and from research projects. There will
not be a final examination.
- Homework will be due at the beginning of
class on the assigned date. Students are allowed to work
on the homework in small groups. However, each student
should be sure to understand each homework problem and write
their own solutions. Students should feel free to come
during office hours to discuss the homework assignments.
- For the research projects, students will
work in groups. The projects will require oral presentations
given during class and written presentations. These are to be
done collaboratively, but each student should understand all
aspects of the project. Questions, directed to particular
group members, will be asked during the presentations to check
Students are responsible for reading all
correspondence sent by the instructors of this course to their
UI e-mail address (@uiowa.edu). The College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences is the administrative home of this course. The CLAS
syllabus insert covers UI and CLAS policies and
procedures relevant to:
- The CLAS
Code of Academic Honesty and consequences for academic
- Accommodations for students with disabilities.
- Procedures for student complaints.
- The University sexual harassment policy.
- Where and how class members should seek
shelter during severe weather occurring within class time.