Prof.  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 Tuesday 11.00 - 12.00 a.m. (other times also possible)


Models of Dark Energy

LSF info

Winter Semester 2013/14

   The course is an introduction to models of cosmological dark energy. General relativity is required. An introductory course in cosmology is recommended but not strictly necessary.
Program (preliminary)
   - Introduction to cosmology
   - Observational evidence for acceleration
   - Dark energy as a fluid
   - Dark energy as a scalar field
   - Dark energy as modified gravity
   - Alternatives to dark energy
   - Future tests of dark energy

   NOTE: Course begins on October 14th, 2013

   Classes on Monday 14:15-16:00 in room 106, Philosophenweg 12.
   Seminars on Friday 11:15-13:00, starting on 08.11.2013, at Philosophenweg 12, kHS
  (contact Dr. Valerio Marra, marra at, for information and tutoring for the seminars)
   List of seminars

Calendar (preliminary):
   04.11No lecture today

Seminar calendar:

QFT aspects of DE, anthropic principle.
Valeri Vardanyan, 20 December 2013

Growing Neutrino Quintessence
Manuel Scherzer, 10 January 2013

Bayesian statistical methods
Celia Viermann, 17 January 2014

Dark energy via RG flow
Aaron Held, 24 January 2014

Variation of fundamental constants, in particular of alpha, from coupling between quintessence and the electromagnetic field
Janina Renk, 31 January 2013

Cosmic strings and other topological defects
Ashot Grigoryan, 28 February 2014

Mond theory
Minjae Kim, 14 March 2014

    CREDITS: 2 (course only); 6 (seminars)

    ORAL EXAM, at the end of the course upon appointment
    The exam lasts approximately 40 minutes and consists in a few broad questions, usually answered at the blackboard; normally no detailed derivation of results is required.
    Available dates (other dates available on request): afternoon of Jan 30th, Feb 3rd, Feb 26th.

      Suggested texts:

         L. Amendola and S. Tsujikawa, Dark Energy, Theory and Observations, Cambridge University Press, 2010
         Program so far: Ch. 2, Ch. 4.1-4.6, Ch. 5.1, 5.2, Ch. 6.1-6.4, Ch. 7.1-7.3, Ch. 8.3, 8.4, Ch. 9.1, 9.2 Ch. 11.1-11.4

         Lecture notes

         D. Weinberg et al., Observational Probes of Cosmic Acceleration, arXiv:1202.2434 2012


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