Lecture: “Computational Astrophysics”

19. April 2015

Summer semester 2015 at Universität Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. F. Röpke, Dr. P. Edelmann, S. Ohlmann
(This course was given in winter semester 2007/2008, winter semester 2008/2009, winter semester 2009/2010 and winter semester 2010/2011 at Technische Universität München, the last two times together with Ewald Müller. In the winter semesters 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 it was taught at Universität Würzburg together with Christian Klingenberg. Now it is offered again:)
Lecture: Monday, 2–4pm, Philosophenweg 12, kleiner Hörsaal
Tutorial: (Every second) Monday, 4–6pm, Philosophenweg 12, CIP-Pool


The subject of astrophysics are complex objects and phenomena. Seeking for a theoretical understanding, a realistic description is required. To this end, computers have become a major tool of research and with ever more powerful computational resources and modern numerical techniques, a detailed modeling of astrophysical objects has become feasible. Based on general strategies to numerically model astrophysical phenomena, the course aims at describing some recent developments in computational astrophysics. The following topics will be covered:

  • astrophysical concepts
  • numerical concepts
  • modeling gravity
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • modeling nuclear reactions
  • magnetohydrodynamics
  • turbulence
  • modeling radiative transfer

Tutorial sessions

There will be a number of tutorial sessions taking place at the CIP pool at Philosophenweg 12. We will not offer a session every week, so please check the dates here:

2015-04-27Sebastian & Philipp

Slides and Assignments

Your can access the slides and homework assignments here.

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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