Course syllabus

Astrofysik - stjärnor och kärnor
Astrophysics - Stars and Nuclei

FMFF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-22

General Information

Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


To give the student a good understanding of the processes that occured at "The Big Bang", that take place in the interior of stars and in connection with supernova explosions. Focus is put on the connection between these processes and the creation of the elements present in the universe today.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to independently form an oppinion about the value and relevance of scientific information within the field covered by the course.


Basic concepts in astronomy, particle and nuclear physics. The early stages of the universe (the Big Bang, inflation in the early universe, the formation of galaxies and stars). Indications of dark matter and dark energy.The formation of light elements. Thermonuclear processes. The development of stars. Burning processes in normal stars. The formation of heavy elements. The r- s- and rp-processes. Supernova explosions, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination.


Required prior knowledge: Basic quantum mechanics and nuclear physics corresponding to FAFF10 Atomic and Nuclear Physics with Applications.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMF111

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ragnar Bengtsson,
Course coordinator: Ingemar Lundström,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given every second year (spring semester of 2012, 2014 etc.) in collaboration with Lund Observatory.