6 Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics


The goal of this module is to provide the basic knowledge on two funfamental branches of Modern Astrophysics: structure and evolution of stars and structure and evolution of planets and planetary systems.


  • Apply the main principles to specific areas such as particle physics, astrophysics of stars, planets and galaxies, cosmology and physics beyond the Standard Model.
  • Formulate and tackle problems, both open and more defined, identifying the most relevant principles and using approaches where necessary to reach a solution, which should be presented with an explanation of the suppositions and approaches.
  • Understand the bases of advanced topics selected at the frontier of high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology and apply them consistently.
  • Use acquired knowledge as a basis for originality in the application of ideas, often in a research context. Use critical reasoning, analytical capacity and the correct technical language and formulate logical arguments.

Learning outcomes

  1. Calculate the evolution of a star type.
  2. Make a detailed analysis of the evolution of compact binary systems. 3. Recognise the different states of stellar evolution.
  3. Understand the basics of stellar and planetary astrophysics.
  4. Understand the interior details of the sun.
  5. Understand the mechanisms of the formation of planetary systems.
  6. Understand the processes of star formation.


  • Fundamental properties of stars
  • Stellar atmospheres
  • Stellar interiors
  • Interstellar medioum and star formation Stellar evolution
  • Evolution of binary systems Variable stars
  • The Sun
  • The Solar System
  • Extrasolar planetary systems


It is assumed that students have a basic knowledge of Mechanics, Classic and Quantum, Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Several specific aspects, like energy transport, will be introduced during lectures.



  • Physics, formation and evolution of rotating stars. A. Maeder. Springer
  • Stellar interiors. Physical principles, structure and evolution. C. J. Hansen & S. D. Kawaler. Springer-Verlag
  • The physics of stars. A. C. Phillips. John Wiley & Sons

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