The goal of this course is to provide a foundation in astrophysical compact objects, both for the student who intends to enter this field as well as for the student who will work in astrophysics in general, much of which is impacted by compact object astrophysics.
The course will be divided
into roughly four sections: isolated neutron stars, accretion theory, accreting
neutron stars, and accreting black holes. Lectures will cover the basics
of each section. Readings are listed in the course schedule
1. Assigned reading prior to class
2. • Homework, Class
Participation, & In-class “Pop” Quizzes (20% of final
Homework is occasional,
as-needed (3-4 per semester).
Quizzes are short and easy.
3. •Final Project (80% of
By late January, each student will choose a final project topic
(suggestions below) for a 10-15-page final paper and a 30-minute in-class
presentation. The paper/talk should review current research in the
topical area at the level of current understanding in the field (similar to
Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics). Several projects in a
previous offering of this course resulted in published journal articles.
of suggested topics
(subject to updates!)
above scoring (total of 100 points), the following grades will be
Note that I reserve the right to "curve" scores up
if I determine that the class score distribution indicates a mismatch
between performance and my expectations. This can ONLY improve
your numerical score and corresponding letter grade -- I will never
apply a curve to reduce a student's score below the raw score.
UF's grading policy, including calculation of grade points and GPA
is available at
Prof. Stephen Eikenberry
404 Bryant Space Science Center
Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with
the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide
documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation
to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
Make-ups for missed exams, quizzes, or other items will
be provided ONLY with written medical excuse from licensed medical
professionals or for official University activities with written excuse
from appropriate UF personnel (i.e. UF athletic team coach, UF
professor, etc.). Without such an excuse, any missed exams,
quizzes, or other work will be given a grade of ZERO. This
includes in-class pop quizzes, which are unannounced.
I do not normally take attendance in class, but
students are responsible for any material covered which they missed.
Also, see above regarding missed graded assignments.