How can we study the Universe we live in using the only available information it provides us with: light ?
This course provides an overview of the physical phenomena at play in the astronomical objects surrounding us, from planets and stars to the cosmic filaments, from galaxies such as our own Milky Way to large galaxy clusters. The course emphasizes the links between theoretical predictions and observations.
In this course, you will learn the basics of astrophysics using simplified mathematical developments. In particular, you will learn the role played by gravity in astrophysics, including gravitational lensing, and how matter and radiation interact. The material in this course is essential to follow more advanced astrophysics courses.
- Influence of gravity on celestial bodies
- Matter-radiation interactions
- Star formation and evolution
- Basics of cosmology
Diplômé de l'Université Paris-IX (Orsay, France), Frédéric Courbin a obtenu son doctorat de l'Université de Liège (Belgique). Actuellement Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche au Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de l'EPFL, il mène ses recherches principalement dans les domaines de la cosmologie et du traitement du signal pour l'astrophysique.
Graduated from University of Paris XI (Orsay, France), Frédéric Courbin obtained his PhD from the University of Liège (Belgium). He is currently Senior Scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where his main research programs focus on cosmology and on the astrophysical applications of signal processing techniques.