Physics  513R (Section 2)

Special  Topics  in  Contemporary  Physics
Physics 513, Section 2

Brigham Young University                         Winter Semester 2003


Wk Date Topic PRESENTER Reading Assignment
1 M Jan  6  No Class  
W Jan  8
F  Jan 10
2 M Jan 13  Introduction, Discussion of Class Procedure and Policy  Christensen  None
Th Jan 16  "The Origin of Binary Stars"  Christensen  Tohline JE. 2002. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 40: 349-385
3 M Jan 20  M A R T I N   L U T H E R   K I N G   H O L I D A Y  
Th Jan 23  "The Origin of Binary Stars" (continued)  Christensen  Tohline JE. 2002. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 40: 349-385
4 M Jan 27  "High-Energy Processes in Young Stellar Objects"


 Feigelson ED, Montmerle, T. 1999.  Annu. Rev. Astron.    
37: 363-408
Th Jan 30
5 M Feb  3  "Dusty Circumstellar Disks"  Croxall  Zuckerman B.  Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 2001. 39: 549-
Th Feb  6
6 M Feb 10  "Shapes and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae"  Maxwell, A.  Balick B, Frank A.  Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 1999. 40:
Th Feb 13
7 M Feb 17   P R E S I D E N T S '   D A Y   H O L I D A Y  
T Feb 18*  "Cepheids as Distance Indicators," *The Cepheid period-
  luminosity zero-point from Hipparcos trigonometrical
  parallaxes," "The Cepheid Period-Luminosity Relation in the
  Large Magellanic Cloud"
 Joner  Feast M. 1999. Publ. Astron. Soc. Pac.  111: 775-793.
 Feast MW, Catchpole RM. 1997. MNRAS. 286: L1-L5..
 Sebo KM, et al. 2002. Ap. J. Suppl. Ser. 142: 71-78.
Th Feb 20
8 M Feb 24  "Type Ia Supernova Explosion Models"  Ketcheson  Hillebrandt W, Niemeyer JC. 2000.  Annu. Rev. Astron.
38: 191-230.
Th Feb 27  "Cosmology with the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect"  Maxwell, J.  Carlstrom JE, Holder GP, Reese ED. 2002. Annu. Rev.
       Astron. Astrophys.
40: 643-680.
9 M Mar  3  "Theories of Gamma-Ray Bursts"  Ivanushkina  Mészáros P.  Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 2002. 40: 137-
Th Mar  6
10 M Mar 10  "Herbig Ae/Be Stars"  Schwendiman  Waters LBFM, Waelkens C. 1998. Annu. Rev. Astron.
36: 233-266.
Th Mar 13
11 M Mar 17
Th Mar 20
 "The Supermassive Black Hole at the Galactic Center"  Croxall  Melia F, Falcke, H. 2001. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys.
39: 309-352.
12 M Mar 24  "Simulations of Structure Formation in the Universe"  Ketcheson  Bertschinger E.  1998. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 36:
Th Mar 27

 "Theory of Giant Planets"

 Maxwell, J.  Hubbard WB, Burrows A, Lunine JI.  2002. Annu. Rev.
       Astron. Astrophys. 
40:  103-136.
13 M Mar 31

 "Kuiper Belt Objects:  Relics from the Accretion
  Disk of the Sun"

 Maxwell, A.   Luu JX, Jewitt DC.  2002. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 40:
Th Apr  3
14 M Apr  7

 "Stellar Structure and Evolution:  Deductions from

 Joner  Lebreton Y.  2001. Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 38:
W Apr  9
Th Apr 10

 "The Hubble Deep Fields"

 Ivanushkina   Ferguson HC, Dickinson M, Williams R.  2000. Annu. Rev.
       Astron. Astrophys. 
38:  667-715.
15 M Apr 14
F Apr 18  11 am - 2 pm       FINAL EXAMINATION


All class meetings will be in C254 ESC at 12:00 noon except on Thursdays when class will be held at 11:00 am.  Because of the extensive reading assignments, class will meet only twice on many weeks (for 3 hours credit).

*For university purposes Tuesday, February 18 is a "Monday."

Grades:  Each class member will present two current (within the past ten years, preferably the past five years) review or research papers. At least one of those presentations should be a review paper.  Grades will be based on those presentations and on class participation (questions asked).  It is expected that each class member will ask at least one question on each presentation.