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Faculty of Science
Deprtment of Physics and Astronomy

PHYS 6210 1.0 F13/14
Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Black Holes








Course Description: A supernova, the explosion of a star, is one of the most energetic single events in the universe. The burst of radiation released is so enormous that it can outshine an entire galaxy. During the explosion process most elements in the universe are created allowing the evolution of life. Neutron stars and black holes are the remnants of the explosion and provide us with examples to study fundamental aspects of matter, space and time. This specialized course is unique in focusing on the catastrophic end cycle of stars and relating it to our understanding of some of the central issues of physics.Topics covered will include: classification and characteristics of supernovae, explosion process, interaction of the shock front with the circumstellar medium, supernovae as distance indicators, structure and magnetosphere of neutron stars, neutron star mass-radius relationship for equations of state, characteristics of pulsars, pulsar emission mechanisms, pulsars as standard clocks, tests of general relativity, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts and stellar black holes. Here is the:

Course Syllabus (html)

Evaluation Scheme:

Breakdown of Final Grade


Total (%)

In-class quizzes







Professor Norbert Bartel (Course Director)
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building

Tel: 416-736-5424
E-mail: bartel@yorku.ca

Class Schedule:

Lectures: Wednesdays
  4:00 pm - 5:00  pm
Location: TBD

Special Dates:



First class

September 25


November 20

Co-Curricular days
 October 30 - November 3

Last class

December 4


December 9


Office Hours

Come by my office and see whether I have time, or
  Mondays and Wednesdays 14:00 14:45:
Room 331 Petrie Science and Engineering Building

Required Text:

No required text, but see syllabus

Alternate Texts:

Course Contents

  1. Supernovae

  2. Neutron stars
  3. Black holes

                                          Course Syllabus (pdf)

Send comments to: bartel@yorku.ca

Indicate in the subject line: PHYS6210