Stars and Stellar Evolution

Lecture term: Oct. 12, 2017 - Feb 1, 2018

Thu 8:30-10:15
Location: AIfA Bonn , Lecture Hall

Mon 14:00-16:00, AIfA, Room 0.005, or
Wed 14:00-16:00, AIfA, Rooms 0.006 and 0.008
Tutors: David Aguilera Dena (, Manali Jeste (, Vsevolod Nedora (
Please register for the exercise class by sending an email to all three tutors, indicating your preferred time slot. If you are free on both time slots, please indicate that as well, which will greatly help us with scheduling. You will receive a reply confirming your time slot, and indicating when and where the first exercise class takes place.

Lab part (obligatory):
Fri 8:45-9:50, Room 0.007 (CIP pool room)
Please see here for details

Find the lecture notes: Chapter 1-3 Chapter 4-5 Chapter 6-7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 .

The lecture notes have been set up by Dr. Onno Pols, and are based to a large extent on the book by R. Kippenhahn and A. Weigert "Stellar Structure and Evolution", Springer 1990, ISBN 3-540-50211-4.

The setup of the lectures is as follows: in the lectures, it is assumed that you worked through the corresponding chapter of the day (see table below). The lectures cover the main content, but we will discuss some of the questions you have about the lecture topic. Please email your questions before Wednesday 13:00 to all three tutors so that they can be considered for the Thursday lectures. In your email, please use "SSE" as subject, and mention at the beginning of your question the corresponding subsection of the lecture notes. Note that 20% of the grade for this lecture will be based on your questions. 50% of your grade will be based on the final written exam (open book). The exam question may resemble the exercises which are discussed during the exercise class, which is thus highly advisable to attend. As a mandatory part of this course, we offer a computer lab based on an interactive stellar evolution software, lead by Dr. Luca Grassitelli. 30% of your grade will be based on your lab reports.

Time Table

(Thu 9:15-10:50)
Lecture: Chapters Exercises
email questions by
Oct. 12 Ch.1 - -
Oct. 19 Ch.1, 2.1, 2.2 - Wed, Oct. 18, 13:00
Oct. 26 Ch.2.3, 2.4, 3 1.1-1.4 Wed, Oct. 25, 13:00
Nov. 2 Ch.4 2.2-2.4 Wed, Nov. 1, 13:00
Nov. 9 Ch.5 3.1, 3.3 Wed, Nov. 8, 13:00
Nov. 16 Ch.6 4.1-4.4 Wed, Nov. 15, 13:00
Nov. 23 Ch.7 5.1-5.4 Wed, Nov. 22, 13:00
Nov. 30 Ch.7 6.2-6.4 Wed, Nov. 29, 13:00
Dec. 7 Ch.8 7.1,7.3 Wed, Dec. 6, 13:00
Dec. 14 Ch.8/9 8.1-8.4 Wed, Dec. 13, 13:00
Dec. 21 Ch.9 9.1,9.2 Wed, Dec. 20, 13:00
Jan. 11 Ch.10 10.1,10.2 Wed, Jan. 10, 13:00
Jan. 18 Ch.11 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 Wed, Jan. 18, 13:00
Jan. 25 Ch.12 12.1, 12.2, 12.3 Wed, Jan. 24, 13:00
Feb. 2 (Friday) Exam time: 9:15 meet in AIfA foyer
Information on the final exam:
The final exam will take place on Friday Feb. 2, 9:15-11:00 (see table above). IMPORTANT: you need to be registered for this exam in BASIS! And you need to bring your student ID-card to the exam.
You can check out the old exam from last year here. You may use the lecture notes during the exam, as well as any other book you like. Pocket calculators may be used as well. Laptops, smartphones, internet, and any kind of comunication device, however, are not allowed to be used during the exam.

The retake exam will be an oral exam scheduled individually.

Information for non-physics/astronomy students:
You are also asked to take part in the final exam. However, you may restrict yourself to answering only 2 out of 4 questions.

Here, Alex Tudorica's beautiful images demonstrating various stages of stellar evolution from the night sky of Bonn using the AIfA'a rooftop telescope:
star formation: Horsehead Nebula Planetary nebula  Planetary nebula Wolf-Rayet wind bubble
Supernova Supernova remnant and neutron star star formation Planetary nebula

Last updated April 6, 2017