Astronomy 253 (Spring 2014):
SOME USEFUL RESOURCES
- Steven J. Schwartz, David Burgess, and Chris Owen taught a graduate course on "Astrophysical Plasmas" and made available their excellent 123-page set of lecture notes online. Get the original from Schwartz's web page, or see our own local copy.
- The venerable Hendrik Spruit has written a 77-page introductory summary of "Essential magnetohydrodynamics for astrophysics." The link to the January 2013 arXiv/astro-ph version is HERE.
- Richard Fitzpatrick of the University of Texas at Austin assembled his lecture notes on "Plasma Physics" into some useful online resources. Go here for his selection of HTML, PDF, or print on demand (!) options, or see our local copy of the PDF version.
- The 71-page NRL Plasma Formulary is quite useful. According to its authors, it "...has been the mini-Bible of plasma physicists for the past 25 years. It is an eclectic compilation of mathematical and scientific formulas, and contains physical parameters pertinent to a variety of plasma regimes, ranging from laboratory devices to astrophysical objects." (Scroll down to the bottom of the linked page for the PDF link.)
- For applications to the Sun and other stars, see the list of online lecture notes that was assembled for Astronomy 201a (Stellar Astrophysics) in Fall 2012.
- If you are interested in plasma physics in "extreme" environments (i.e., in which relativistic or quantum effects are important), see a recent review paper by Uzdensky and Rightley.
- The IDL data analysis and plotting package is very useful to learn. See a useful introductory guide to IDL, as well as a brief summary of its available internal fonts.
- Astronomy 16 used to distribute this concise basic guide to uncertainty analysis. (It's fine, but Bevington and Robinson is better!)
- HERE is an ASCII data table giving some fundamental properties of stars and brown dwarfs along the main sequence.
Sources for model data: (1) Ekstrom for M > 0.75 solar mass stars (ZAMS, non-rotating, Z=0.014). (2) Girardi for stars between 0.15 and 0.75 solar masses (ZAMS, Z=0.02). (3) Baraffe for M < 0.11 solar mass brown dwarf and planet models (quasi-ZAMS: age = 500 Myr).
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