The course is split into two sections: Stellar Atmospheres and Stellar Structure & Interiors.
The atmospheres part will focus mostly on radiation transfer techniques: basic definitions, equation of radiation transfer, moment equations, analytic approximations at small and large optical depth, the gray atmosphere, Eddington-Milne line formation. At the end of the atmospheres section I'll be presenting a few lectures on Monte Carlo radiation transfer techniques that I use extensively in my own research on circumstellar disks and the interstellar medium.
``Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution''
by Dina Prialnick
This is the text for the stellar structure & evolution of the course.
``Introduction to Monte Carlo Radiation Transfer'' by Wood, Bjorkman, Whitney & Wolff POSTSCRIPT PDF
This is a short booklet that we prepaperd on basic Monte Carlo radiation transfer techniques. It covers everything I'll present in the Monte Carlo lectures at the end of the Stellar Atmospheres part of the course. A plane parallel isotropic scattering code and some three dimensional scattering codes are available here.
Other stellar atmospheres books that I'll refer to are:
``Observation and Analysis of Stellar Photospheres'' by David Gray
``Stellar Atmospheres'' by Dimitri Mihalas
This book is out of print, but is in the Physics & Astronomy Library. It is generally beyond the scope of this short course, but is the authoratative textbook on the subject.
Opacity Sources: PDF
Gray Atmosphere: PDF
Theoretical Spectrum: PDF
Dominant Opacity Sources: PDF
Model Atmospheres: PDF
Monte Carlo I: PDF
Monte Carlo II: PDF
Eddington-Milne Line Formation: PDF
Equations of stellar structure: PDF
Solving the stellar structure equations: PDF
Virial theorem: PDF
Star formation: PDF
Deriving the equation of state: PDF
Thermonuclear reactions: PDF
Approximate structure models: PDF
Understanding the main sequence: PDF
Post-main-sequence evolution: PDF
Tutorial 2: PDF
Tutorial 2: PDF