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Is there a field of Mathematical Astrophysics ?

  1. May 17, 2013 #1
    Is there a field of "Mathematical Astrophysics"?

    Just was wondering (for graduate school purposes), is there a field that does what mathematical physics does but for astrophysics? (e.g., perhaps simplifying or re-expressing the mathematics used in some subdiscipline of astrophysics?) Or perhaps there is something similar to that? At the (few) research programs I've looked at in graduate schools, it seems "mathematical physics" tends to be associated with quantum and string stuff.
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  3. May 17, 2013 #2


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    Stellar astrophysics is quite heavily involved with mathematics. There are many areas of stellar evolution which are not completely understood, from the birth of a star to its possible demise as a neutron star or black hole. Developing mathematical simulations of how the internal processes of a star proceed can also be a significant part of the work.
  4. May 18, 2013 #3
    Interesting, thank you. I'll have to take a look into that.
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