PHY404: Star Formation and Evolution

Star formation Stellar evolution


PHY404 will cover advanced astrophysics topics involving observations and theory of star and planet formation, plus the evolution of low, intermediate and high mass single stars, close binary evolution, plus end states (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes), supernovae and gamma ray bursts.

  • Star and Planet Formation (Simon Goodwin)

    Low mass star formation; giant molecular clouds; pre-main sequence; multiple stars; massive star formation; planets and brown dwarfs; star clusters.

  • Stellar Evolution (Paul Crowther)

    Introduction; evolution of low, intermediate and high mass single stars; close binary evolution; end states, supernovae, gamma ray bursts


Coursework for star formation (10 per cent) and stellar evolution (10 per cent) plus end-of-semester exam contributing 80 per cent (3 star formation and 2 star evolution questions - answer 1 from each section plus 1 more question).


In 2017/18, star formation lectures (12) will be delivered prior to Reading Week, with stellar evolution lectures (8) delivered after Reading Week.

Course Materials

These are now available via MOLE, together with recording of lectures.


Sept 2017