Advanced Labwork in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Winter Term 2019/20

The specialized course in Astronomy and Astrophysics offers an advanced labwork. The experiments will take place at section Astronomy (Sand 1) or at section Computational Physics (Auf der Morgenstelle 10).
In WS 2019/20 the labwork will be held as block at the end of the semester break from 23.03. - 09.04.2020 (CHANGE!) (Mo, We, Fr 9:00-18:00). If there should occur overlaps with other courses, single experiments might be shifted to later dates in agreement with the corresponding tutor. Preparatory meeting: Tu. 04.02.2020, 9:00 Uhr, Astronomy, Sand 1, lecture hall 1: F119 Sand 6 (Kriminologie). See also the central website for more information including the link to ilias.


The students have to choose one of the following two exercises:


I --- Chaos in planetary systems - Wilhelm Kley & Christoph Schäfer
In this part of the practical course, the students will develop a computer code for the simulation of the gravitational interaction between planets and will validate their code with the two body problem. After successfully simulating the two body problem, the students will apply their code to the chaotic three body problem. Students are expected to read the instructions.

Instructions and related paper


II --- N-Body Simulations with REBOUND - Christoph Schäfer
In this part of the practical course, the students will use an existing N-Body software package to address several problems such as the stability of Saturn's rings and the Kirkwood gaps. Students are expected to read the instructions.

Instructions Some useful links for programming in C or python and plotting tools Back.



last update: 2019-12-05