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Online learning 2021/2022
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Online Cosmology course provides an overview of Astrophysical Cosmology with emphasis on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation, galaxies and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation. Additional topics include cosmic inflation, nucleosynthesis and baryosynthesis, quasar (QSO) absorption lines, and gamma-ray bursts. Some background in general relativity is assumed.
Some course called is Particle Physics of the Early Universe, which emphasizes early universe physics. This course treats modern observational cosmology in some detail, including the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, galaxies, and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation.
There are no prerequisite for this course.
Peacock, John A. 1998. Cosmological Physics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521-422-703
60% of the grade will be based on the 11 problem sets.
40% of the grade will be based on the 8 pages double-spaced on a Cosmology topic of your choice.
There will be no final exam or other assignments like other course in your awareness.
Learner may work on the problem sets with other learners but must write up the solutions by yourself. The problem sets are intended to help learner learn the material more than for me to grade you. The problem sets require some background in general relativity and an ability to solve differential equations numerically using MATLAB, MAPLE, or MATHEMATICA.
The Reading resources below are to the course lecture notes and readings.
The Textbook readings as in mentioned in “Syllabus” tab.
Lec 01 – Introduction and Hubble Expansion
Lec 02 – General Relativity >> Peacock Chapter 01
Lec 03 – Robertson-Walker Models >> Peacock Chapter 3.1 – 3.3
Lec 04 – Cosmography 1: H0t0 & Angular Diameter Test >> Peacock Chapter 5 (Comography in a Robertson-Walker Universe)
Lec 05 – Cosmography 2: SNe Ia >> Peacock Chapter 3.4, 5 (High-z SN Team, Turner & Riess, Flippenko)
Lec 06 – Inflation 1 >> Peacock Chapter 11.1 – 11.3
Lec 07 – Inflation 2 >> Peacock Chapter 11.3 – 11.4 (Liddle)
Lec 08 – Quantum Fluctuations from Inflation >> Peacock Chapter 11.5
Lec 09 – Radiation Era, Nucleosynthesis >> Peacock Chapter 9 (Burles et al)
Lec 10 – Baryogenesis, CMB Basics >> Peacock Chapter 9.4, 9.6 (Smoot)
Lec 11 – CMB Anisotropy 1 >> Peacock Chapter 12.3, 18
Lec 12 – CMB Anisotropy 2 >> Peacock Chapter 18 (Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy)
Lec 13 – CMB Anisotropy 3 >> Peacock Chapter 18 (CMB Anisotropy)
Lec 14 – Gamma-ray Bursts
Lec 15 – High-z Galaxies and QSOs >> Peacock Chapter 13, 14 (Madau, Abraham & van den Bergh)
Lec 16 – QSO Absorption Lines 1 >> Peacock Chapter 12.1-12.2 (Madau, Becker et al)
Lec 17 – QSO Absorption Lines 2 >> Peacock Chapter 12.1-12.2
Lec 18 – Galaxy Clustering >> Peacock Chapter 16
Lec 19 – Newtonian Structure Formation Theory >> Peacock Chapter 15.1-15.4 (Cosmological Perturbation Theory and Structure Formation)
Lec 20 – Nonlinear Models >> Peacock Chapter 15.7-15.8
Lec 21 – Relativistic Perturbation Theory >> Peacock Chapter 15.5 – 15.6
Lec 22 – Structure Formation Models 1 >> Peacock Chapter 17.1 – 17.2
Lec 23 – Structure Formation Model 2 >> Turner Review
Lec 24 – Galaxy Formation 1 >> Peacock Chapter 17.3-17.4
Lec 25 – Galaxy Formation 2 >> Peacock Chapter 17.5 (N-body Simulations)
Lec 26 – Frontiers of Cosmology (Rees)
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