Course description

In this course you will study the theory of how stars and planets form, from interstellar gas to main sequence stars with planetary systems. In particular, you will study magneto gravitational collapse, early nuclear burning, accretion discs, stellar winds, mass loss, jets and planetary formation models. The course also covers the observations that are critical to our understanding of the early stages of stellar evolution, young stellar systems and extrasolar planets.


Alexis Brandeker 08-5537 8539,


Lecture room FC61, floor 6, AlbaNova, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm.


Stahler and Palla, The Formation of Stars, ISBN 3-527-40559-3. Wiley-VCH, January 2005


 Written examination.

Preliminary schedule

The schedule will be published closer to the start of the course. The course goes under period 2 of the term, which means weeks 12 - 22.

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule which may be subject to minor changes during the course. In general such changes will be communicated by the teacher and will usually not be reflected on this page.

L = Lecture, E = Exercise

Week Day Time Activity