ILAS Seminar-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS70 10002 SE50 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type seminar
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.5
Instructor name LEE, Shiu Hang (Graduate School of Science Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Our Universe is far beyond what our eyes can perceive. Hidden in the tranquil ocean of stars, nebulae and galaxies pictured by optical telescopes and cameras around the world everyday, extreme energetic phenomena that can only be observed through ‘invisible lights' (e.g., radio waves, X-rays, gamma-rays) or even messengers other than electromagnetic waves (e.g., cosmic-rays, neutrinos) are happening frequently here and there in the Cosmos. This seminar will bring students into this exciting world of the Invisible Universe. Students can carry out introductory research projects and/or study from a book in a subject of his/her interest under the guidance of the instructor.

Some projects pursued by past members:
1) Stellar evolution and numerical simulations
2) Gamma-ray emission from supernova remnant and cosmic-ray acceleration
3) Analysis of data from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope
4) Astrophysics of blackholes
5) Planetary nebulae
6) X-ray emission from pulsar wind nebulae
7) Dynamics of spiral galaxies
Course Goals 1) To obtain basic knowledge and feel the excitement of forefront astronomy and astrophysics beyond optical telescopes.

2) To briefly experience the everyday life of an astrophysicist nowadays through the process of guided independent research, report writing and oral presentation.
Schedule and Contents In this seminar, besides a few introductory lectures on topics surrounding multi-wavelength astronomy, the students will either perform independent research on intriguing astrophysical objects of their choices, and/or study on a topics of their interests by reading a book under the guidance of the instructor. Research projects can be carried out in a group of 2 (or 3 at most) students if preferred.

This seminar will be in a casual format and conducted mainly in English (with occasional Japanese only when necessary). Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss on topics with their peers and instructor spontaneously at each meeting.

Students will present their studies and findings through a written report and a short oral presentation during a seminar meeting.

Oral presentations will be scheduled flexibly between the instructor and the students in class.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Final grades will be assessed according to:
1) in-class participation (40%)
2) one written report (30%)
3) one oral presentation (30%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Independent research and/or study. Guidance will be given in each seminar meeting.