Justin Read: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2012

Name Dr. Justin Read
DepartmentPhysics
RelationshipAssistant Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
402-0356-00LAstrophysics Seminar Information 0 credits2SM. Carollo, S. Lilly, M. R. Meyer, J. Read, A. Refregier, H. M. Schmid
AbstractResearch colloquium
Objective
402-0369-00LResearch Colloquium in Astrophysics Information 0 credits1KM. Carollo, S. Lilly, M. R. Meyer, J. Read, A. Refregier, H. M. Schmid
AbstractDuring the semester there is a colloquium every week on actual research by the members of the Institute of Astrophysics. In general, colloquia are 20 minutes excluding discussion. They start with a general introduction, review techniques and methods of general interest and present results. The goal is to inform all members of the institute about current work.
ObjectiveA colloquium is a combination of a 10 minute conference paper preceded by a 10 minute widely understandable introduction. The discussion is limited to 10 minutes, but may continue privately. The research colloquia are announced in the ETH Vorlesungsverzeichnis, but are not publicized in the Wochenbulletin of the Department of Physics. All colloquia are given in English.
402-0386-12LComputational Astrophysics6 credits2V + 1UJ. Read
AbstractWe study computational methods that form the key tools for modern theoretical astrophysics.
ObjectiveWe study how to solve gravity for many body systems from small stellar clusters up to the Universe as a whole. We then show that the fluid equations can give a good description of gas in the Universe and study numerical methods for solving these. We conclude with a look to the state of the art in computational astrophysics across a range of interesting problems from how stars and galaxies form to calculating the distribution of dark matter in the Universe.
Lecture notesFull script is available from: http://www.astro.phys.ethz.ch/~jread/lectures.htm
Prerequisites / NoticeExperience of computer programming would be an advantage. We will use python and C as the main languages for the course. However, we will assume no prior knowledge of these languages. Astro I & II or one of the astrophysics masters courses would also be helpful.