The Life and Death of Stars

School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 21826

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This module is designed to deal with the essential elements of stellar evolution theory. It will consider the equations of stellar structure and their solutions, energy transport and energy generation in stars; equations of state and astrophysical opacities, and key stages of stellar evolution.

The topics to be covered are:

  • Introduction

  • Modern methods for observation of Stars

  • Virial Theorem and its Implications for Stellar Evolution

  • Equations of Stellar Structure

  • Hydrostatic Equilibrium

  • Thermonuclear Energy Generation

  • Energy Transport by Radiation

  • Energy Transport by Convection

  • Equations of State

  • Solutions to the Equations of Stellar Structure

  • Main Sequence Evolution and Red Giants

  • Compact Objects