Master’s studies

Syllabus for Nuclear Astrophysics

Nukleär astrofysik


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA336
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2015-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 05, 2015
  • Entry requirements: Advanced Nuclear Physics or The Physics of Stars.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • account for the theoretical models that explain the origin of elements in the universe (nucleosynthesis).
  • exlain relevant nuclear and astrophysical measurements and observations.
  • use some of the relevant theoretical models to perform basic calculations of nuclear astrophysical processes.
  • understand up-to-date scientific literature in the field.
  • orally present new research results in the field for the other participants of the course.


Thermonuclear reactions. Nuclear structure. Big Bang nucleosynthesis. Nuclear burning processes in stars. Solar neutrinos. Nucleosynthesis of heavy elements. The structure and evolution of stars. The chemical evolution of galaxies. Supernovae. Nucleocosmochronology. Experimental techniques.


Lectures and discussion groups.


Mid-course test (1 credit), hand-in exercises (2 credits), oral presentation of a self-selected topic (2 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 05, 2015

  • Boyd, Richard N. An introduction to nuclear astrophysics

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007, c2008

    Find in the library