Prof. Dr. Luca Amendola

Institut für Theoretische Physik -- Universität Heidelberg

Philosophenweg 16 -- D-69120 Heidelberg -- Germany

Tel: +49-6221-549-407 -- Fax: +49-6221-549-333

Sprechstunde: After my lectures
and by appointment



coordinates: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:15-11:00 am in INF 227 / HS 2
LSF info

   Winter Semester 2020/21

   The course is an introduction to Cosmology. Suggested prerequisites: General Relativity (although it is not strictly necessary).
   IMPORTANT! Students need to register here by October 25th. Due to new regulations, lectures will be online-only at least until end of December. The lectures will be recorded and uploaded on this page the same day as the lectures. Tutorials will start on the week 9-13 November. Students will be divided into four exercise-groups of roughly 20 students each. The detailed regulations for the tutorials will be provided as soon as possible. There will be tutorials both in presence (same 227/HS2 lecture hall, Wednesdays 9:15-11:00) and online. Tutorials, however, will NOT be recorded.
   The recording system is set up so that seated students are not recorded. However, it might happen that students get recorded if they come close to the blackboard or when standing. We'll do our best to avoid such cases, but students should understand that if they attend the lectures in presence there is some chance they get involuntarily recorded for a very short time.
   - Masks are to be worn in all student-accessible areas of all physics buildings at all times. In particular, the audience should wear masks during lectures and tutorials.
   - Teachers can choose to speak without masks for added clarity.
   - We observe 1.5m distancing when seating students in lecture halls.
   - The department provides disinfecting wipes, and students are asked to disinfect their own desk prior to use.
   - Until the university provides a digital solution, we are required to collect forms confirming students' health status and address for every single instance of every single course. This is the contact form: you can print it, fill it in advance, and bring it to the lectures

   More info on coronavirus measures at the University here

   Info on data collection and protection


   - Review of General Relativity
   - Observing the Universe
   - Thermal history
   - Evolution of perturbations
   - Inflation
   - Cosmic Microwave Background
   - Gravitational Lensing
   - Large scale structure
   - Dark matter, dark energy

   NOTE: Course begins on November 3rd, 2020, 9:15 am

   Exercise classes start from the week after the beginning of the course, details to be announced later on.

   EXAM: 25.02.2021 afternoon. The exam will be ONLINE, with multiple-choice questions. The exact final program will be posted here.

   SECOND EXAM: 23.04.2021, 2-4pm. The exam will be ONLINE, with multiple-choice questions.

Beside the lectures, every Friday at 16:00 there will be a live online Questions&Answers online session.

   Calendar (9:15-11:00 am) :
   All lectures will be online only.
   03.11 - online
   05.11 - online
   10.11 - online
   12.11 - online
   17.11 - online
   19.11 - online
   24.11 - online
   26.11 - online
   01.12 - online
   03.12 - online
   08.12 - online
   10.12 - online
   15.12 - online
   17.12 - online
   12.01.2021 - online
   14.01 - online
   19.01 - online
   21.01 - online
   26.01 - online
   28.01 - online
   02.02 - online
   04.02 - online
   09.02 - online
   11.02 - online
   16.02 - online

   Sections of lecture notes effectively covered in the course: entire script, except: 2.6, 5.3, 5.4, 6.2, 9.5, 9.6, Appendix of Chap. 11, 12.5, 12.8, 15.1, 16.4, 16.5, chapter 17. All the rest will be part of the exam.

    CREDITS: 8

    Suggested texts:

    Lecture notes.

    S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Academic Press
    Very clear, with all the important derivations detailed out step-by-step.
    L. Amendola and S. Tsujikawa, Dark Energy. Theory and Observations., Cambridge University Press
    This book contains lots of additional material on more advanced topics related to dark energy.


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