Teaching

Courses offered at EPFL/UNIL

Astrophysics I,
Introduction to astrophysics
  4th semester
Physics section EPFL
Bachelor
  F. Courbin, Prof. EPFL
Astrophysics II,
Physical basics of astrophysics
  6th semester
Physics section EPFL
Bachelor
  P. Jablonka, Prof. EPFL
Astrophysics III,
Stellar and galactic dynamics 
  7th semester
Physics section EPFL
Master
  Y. Revaz, Dr. EPFL
Astrophysics IV,
Observational cosmology 
  8th semester
Physics section EPFL
Master
  J-P. Kneib, Prof. EPFL
History of cosmology   Université de Lausanne (UNIL)
“Sciences au carré”
  P.Jablonka, Prof. EPFL

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MOOCs

The Laboratory of Astrophysics has created two public, free online courses. The first cover the basics of astrophysics at a university level. The course is given in French, but English subtitles are available. The course website is here. The second one cover the principles of radio astronomy. It is given in English. The course website is here.

EPFL course content

  • Astrophysics II

    This course is an introduction to stellar physics. It yields the concepts needed to understand how a star behaves, to build models of stellar structure and evolution, and to interpret stellar spectra.

    MINEUR
    Teachers: Jablonka Pascale
    Language: french
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Astrophysics III : galaxy formation and evolution

    Galaxy formation & evolution is about studying how galaxies in our Universe come into existence, how they evolve and what shapes their properties. This course describes the observational facts of galaxies and the various processes of galaxy evolution as seen from theoretical/numerical models.

    Section of Physics
    Teachers: Hirschmann Michaela
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Astrophysics IV : stellar and galactic dynamics

    The aim of this course is to acquire the basic knowledge on specific dynamical phenomena related to the origin, equilibrium, and evolution of star clusters, galaxies, and galaxy clusters.

    Section of Physics
    Teachers: Revaz Yves
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Astrophysics V : observational cosmology

    Cosmology is the study of the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. This course describes the principal themes of cosmology, as seen from the point of view of observations.

    Section of Physics
    Teachers: Kneib Jean-Paul Richard
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Astrophysics VI : The variable Universe

    Introduction to time-variable astrophysical objects and processes, from Space Weather to stars, black holes, and galaxies. Introduction to time-series analysis, instrumentation targeting variability, and the importance of the time domain for astronomy, cosmology, and fundamental physics.

    Doctoral Program in Physics
    Teachers: Anderson Richard Irving
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Dynamics of astrophysical fluids and plasmas

    The dynamics of ordinary matter in the Universe follows the laws of (magneto)hydrodynamics. In this course, the system of equations that describes astrophysical fluids will be discussed on the basis of selected astrophysical examples, from the physics of stars, to galaxies and the early Universe.

    Doctoral Program in Physics
    Teachers: Schober Jennifer Waltraud
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • General physics : mechanics

    Give the student the basic notions that will allow him or her to have a better understanding of physical phenomena, such as the mechanics of point masses. Acquire the capacity to analyse quantitatively the consequences of these effects with appropriate theoretical tools.

    Section of Life Sciences Engineering
    Teachers: Kneib Jean-Paul Richard
    Language: french
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • General physics : thermodynamics (English)

    Students acquire the abilities to analyze physical systems through the lens of thermodynamics, statistical physics, and special relativity.

    Section of Life Sciences Engineering
    Teachers: Hirschmann Michaela
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Introduction to astroparticle physics



    Section of Physics
    Teachers: Savchenko Volodymyr, Neronov Andrii, Perrina Chiara
    Language: english
    Academic term: 2023-2024


  • Robotics practicals

    The practicals can include the following topics:
    • Teaching Robots to Accomplish a Manipulation Task
    • Experimenting with haptic interfaces
    • Controlling a serial robot ABB IRB 120
    • Control of the Micro Delta Direct Drive robot
    • LiniX, linear axis, assembly and control

      Doctoral program in robotics, control, and intelligent systems
      Teachers: Sakar Mahmut Selman, Mondada Francesco, Floreano Dario, Bouri Mohamed, Skaloud Jan, Boero Giovanni, Kneib Jean-Paul Richard, Billard Aude, Micera Silvestro, Dillenbourg Pierre
      Language: english
      Academic term: 2023-2024


    • Simulations of Early Universe Magnetohydrodynamics

      The course will cover some fundamentals of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) theory with hands-on sessions to learn the basics of MHD simulations using the open-source Pencil Code (http://pencil-code.nordita.org/).

      Doctoral Program in Physics
      Teachers: Schober Jennifer Waltraud, Invited lecturers (see below)
      Language: english
      Academic term: 2023-2024