Emmy Noether Research Group on Stellar Atmospheres and Mass Loss

Master-Pflichtseminar (MVSem)

From Light to Darkness: How Radiative Processes pave the way to Gravitational Waves

Sommersemester 2023 (together with Maria Bergemann)

Friday 09:15 - 10:45 AM
ARI Seminar Room, Mönchhofstr. 12-14 (1st floor)
First meeting: April 21, 2023
Last meeting: July 21, 2023

Picking one of the MVSem is mandatory for master students and consists of a presentation and a written report.
The seminar yields 4+2 CP (credit points, “Leistungspunkte”),
4 CPs are for the presentation and attending the seminar
2 CPs are for the written report (10 pages, soft limit)
Both the seminar talk and the report will be graded.

Target audience: Master students with an interest in astrophysics

While eventually no light escapes from them, the life of the stars that eventually become black holes is governed by light. In this seminar, we take a look at the various stages stars pass through on their way to core collapse and the role radiative processes play in this journey. Covering cool and hot stars, silent and eruptive stages, as well as the resulting chemical evolution and gravitational wave events, the seminar uses scientific seminal and review papers to takes you on a journey from light to darkness.

This MVSem will be held in english. Its main goal is to deepen the knowledge in special topics in modern astrophysics with a focus on radiative processes.

Please prepare a draft (at least ideas) of your presentation one week in advance of your scheduled presentation and meet with the lecturer to discuss your draft.

Seminar Schedule

April 21stInitial planning meeting
April 28th
May 5th
May 12th
May 19thFriday after Ascension
May 26th
June 2nd
June 9thFriday after Corpus Christi
June 16th
June 23rd
June 30th
July 7th
July 14th
July 21st

Potential topics and corresponding literature

  1. Physics and phenomenology of late-type stars
    Bergemann (2019)
  2. Constraints on properties of compact binary mergers from stellar nucleosynthesis
    Benoit et al. (2019)
  3. Stellar Winds of hot and cool stars
    Owocki (2021), Decin (2021), Höfner & Freytag (2022)
  4. Low-mass binaries with dormant black holes
    El-Badry et al. (2023), Thompson et al. (2019)
  5. Multiplicity of stars in the Milky Way galaxy
    Kraus & Duchêne (2013), Sana (2017)
  6. Post-AGB stars
    Miller Bertolami (2019), Kamath & Van Winckel (2022)
  7. Type Ia Supernovae
    Livio & Mazzali (2018), Ruiter (2020)
  8. Wolf-Rayet Stars
    Crowther (2007)
  9. Luminous Blue Variables
    Weis & Bomans (2020), Davidson (2020)
  10. High-Mass X-ray Binaries
    van den Heuvel (2019), Chaty (2011)
  11. Core-Collapse Supernovae and Endpoints of massive star evolution
    Woosley & Janka (2005), Langer (2012), Gal-Yam (2019)
  12. The Role of Massive Stars in The Universe
    Eldridge & Stanway (2022)
  13. Galactic Chemical Evolution
    Matteucci (2016)
  14. Consequences of Chemical Evolution for Gravitational Wave astrophysics
    Chruślińska (2022)
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