Cosmology & Particle Astrophysics (7.5 hp)

Spring 2017, weeks 12-22

The course will be taught by Rahman Amanullah, Sofia Sivertsson, Jón Gudmundsson

Literature

Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics,by Bergström & Goobar (2:nd Ed.,Praxis/Springer, 2003)

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Content

Brief introduction to the Theory of General Relativity, gravitational radiation, gravitational lensing, Big Bang Cosmology, Cosmological parameters, Dark Matter, Dark energy, basics of particle physics, thermodynamics in the early universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background, the Theory of Inflation and structure formation.

Course schedule (link to student office)

Examination

Two sets of home assignments, set 1 with deadline April 18th, and set 2 with deadline May 23rd, + a written exam.

Both sets of home assignments must be emailed to Sunny Vagnozzi at latest by midnight on the specified deadlines in order to get C or better. Turning in home assignments is compulsory to get credits for the course.

The final mark will be given by the sum of the points in the exam + home assignments. This formula holds even if you fail the written exam and have to take it again on a later date.

Previous Exams

2016 Examination 2016 Solution
2015 Examination 2015 Solution
2014 Examination 2014 Solution
2013 Examination 2013 Solution
2012 Examination 2012 Solution

Suggested exercises

Ch1: 2, 3, 4; Ch2: 2, 4, 11, 12; Ch3: 1, 3, 5; Ch4: 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13; Ch5: 1, 2, 3; Ch8: 3, 4, 6, 7; Ch9: 2, 3, 4; Ch10: 2, 3, 4; Ch11: 1, 3, 5, 6;

Schedule

RA - Rahman Amanullah, SS - Sofia Sivertsson, JG - Jón Gudmundsson, SV - Sunny Vagnozzi
week day time room   topic note
12 Tue 21 mar 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA Introduction and SR
Thu 23 mar 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA General relativity (I)
13 Tue 28 mar 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA General relativity (II)
  Thu 30 mar 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA Cosmological models (I)
14 Tue 4 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SV Problem solving
  Thu 6 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA Cosmological models (II)
15 Tue 11 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA Cosmological models III & Gravitational lensing
16 Tue 18 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB22 SS Particle physics
  Thu 20 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SS Thermodynamics
17 Tue 25 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SS DM and Nucleosynthesis
  Thu 27 apr 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SV Problem solving
18 Tue 2 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 JG Cosmic microwave bkgr
  Thu 4 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SVProblem solving
19 Tue 9 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 JG Cosmic acceleration
  Thu 11 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 JG Structure formation
20 Tue 16 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 RA Observations (I)
  Thu 18 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 SVProblem solving
  Tue 23 may 13:15 - 15:00 FB41 JG Observations (II)
23 Wed 31 may 08:00 - 13:00 FR4 Exam