Sharon Morsink, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics


Professor, Faculty of Science - Physics

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1991 BSc (Honours Physics) University of Waterloo

1997 PhD (Theoretical Physics) University of Alberta

1997 - 1999 Postdoc, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

1999 - 2005 Assistant Professor, University of Alberta

2005 - 2020 Associate Professor, University of Alberta

2020 - present Professor, University of Alberta


Neutron stars; Relativistic astrophysics


ASTRO 101 - Black Holes

An introduction to the science of black holes and its connection to how black holes are portrayed in popular culture and news. Topics include: properties of light; introduction to gravity, relativity and quantum physics; life cycle of stars; measurements of black hole properties; observed features of black holes interacting with their environment; event horizons, the ergosphere, and singularities; quantum black holes, information, and Hawking radiation; gravitational lensing; gravitational radiation. Prerequisites: Math 30-1. This course may not be taken for credit if credit has been obtained in ASTRO 122.

ASTRO 430 - Physical Cosmology

Observational cosmology; geometry and matter content of the Universe; physical processes in the early stages of the Universe; inflation, Big Bang nucleosynthesis and the cosmic microwave background radiation; cosmological aspects of galaxy formation and the growth of large-scale structure. Prerequisites: PHYS 310, MA PH 251 or MATH 334. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 458.

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