Physics 718: High Energy Astrophysics

Spring 2019, David Kaplan, John Friendman

Lectures: Monday/Wednesday 12:30pm-1:45pm, KIRC 1180 Attendance and participation at lectures is required.


Course Description: This is a graduate-level class in high energy astrophysics, concentrating on compact objects (white dwarfs, black holes, and neutron stars).

Course Website:
Lecture notes, reading assignments, and problem sets will be posted there.

Course Textbook:
Black Holes, White Dwarfs, and Neutron Stars, by Shapiro and Teukolsky (Wiley, 1983)

We will also use a set of class notes and The Physics of Stars, by A. C. Phillips. Additional books that might be useful:

Much material will be related to the modern astrophysical literature. You will need to read papers, and the usual place to start is ADS:
or their newer interface:
You can search by author, title, keyword, object, etc.
After you find a paper you can click on the links to read it. Note that some papers are published in journals that you cannot read from home. Most modern papers, though, are also listed at:
where you can read them for free. [Note that most papers will use cgs units. Be careful!]


  1. Syllabus
  2. Lecture notes (2019 May 9)
Problem Sets:
  1. Problem Set 1 (due 8 Feb)
    1. data file
  2. Problem Set 2 (due 25 Feb)
  3. Problem Set 3 (due 11 Mar)