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SCN1032617, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1173, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination STELLAR POPULATIONS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge ANTONINO MILONE FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione Popolazioni Stellari 16-17 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MILONE ANTONINO (Presidente)
CARRARO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of stellar astrophysics (stellar photometry and spectroscopy, astrometry, stellar evolution).
Target skills and knowledge: Properties of stellar population in the solar neighbor, in star clusters, in the Milky Way, and in galaxies. Advanced knowledge of the observables and their interpretation for unresolved stellar populations.
Examination methods: Oral exam aon topics discussed during the lectures.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the program, capability to present the different topics of the program with a scientifically correct language, critical approach to the comparison between theory and observations.
Course unit contents: 1) Color-magnitude diagrams: luminosity-magnitude and temperature-color transformation, effects of the interstellar reddening on the color-magnitude diagrams.
2) Concept of stellar populations: historical background, modern view.
3) Galactic model: model by Eggen, Lynden-Bell and Sandage, galactic halo model by Searle and Zinn.
4) Stellar populations and interstellar medium in the solar neighbor
5) Population II: Measurement of main parameters (reddening, distance, age, chemical content), globular Cluster stellar populations, multiple stellar populations, Helium content of the population II stars, horizontal branch and the second parameter problem.
6) Population I: galactic disk, open clusters, field population.
7) Stellar populations in dwarf galaxies of the Local Group.
8) Initial mass function.
9) Observational parameters of unresolved stellar population and their interpretation.
10) Star formation history in galaxies.
11) Basic principles of the chemical evolution of the stellar populations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures in classroom. Reading and presentation of fundamental papers on stellar populations.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Textbooks. Material provided by the teacher and available through the Moodle website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Salaris, Maurizio; Cassisi, Santi, Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations. Chichester, UK: Wiley, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Greggio, Laura; Renzini, Alvio, Stellar Populations : A User Guide from Low to High Redshift. Chichester, UK: Wiley-VCH, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

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