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Galaxies and the Universe

Galaxies and the Universe - WWW Course Notes

This material is based on graduate courses taught at Leiden University and the University of Alabama, updated to the most recent time I've taught AY 620 (Extragalactic Astronomy) in Tuscaloosa. The current version is being revised during the fall of 2006. For my physically present students, here's the syllabus.

Virtual lectures are available for these topics:

  • Introduction - the Universe of galaxies
  • History - the discovery of galaxies
  • Catalogues and data sources
  • Galaxy classification
  • Photometric components
  • Global properties and systematics
  • Gas in galaxies
  • Dust in galaxies
  • Stellar content
  • Star formation
  • Starburst galaxies
  • Environmental effects on galaxies
  • Dynamics of disk galaxies
  • Dynamics of ellipticals, central masses
  • Dark matter
  • The Hubble constant and distance scale
  • Groups and clusters of galaxies
  • Large-scale structure, biasing
  • Galaxy interactions and mergers
  • Hot intracluster gas
  • Intergalactic matter, QSO absorption-line systems
  • Active nuclei: discovery and taxonomy
  • Extragalactic radio sources
  • Emission-line spectra and their interpretation
  • AGN structure; central masses
  • BAL QSOs, accretion phenomenology
  • Jets, superluminal sources, gamma-ray bursts
  • Host galaxies of AGN and their environments
  • Alternate views - starbursts as AGN, redshift controversy
  • Evolution of QSOs
  • Evolution of galaxies
  • Observational cosmology
  • Cosmology in the simple Friedman universe
  • Cosmic microwave background radiation
  • Galaxy formation
  • The pregalactic Universe and nucleosynthesis

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