Observing the Big Bang
Winter Semester 2012/13The course is an introduction to observational cosmology.
- The standard cosmological model
- Age of cosmic structures and of the Universe
- The Hubble constant
- Big bang nucleosynthesis
- Mass in cosmic structures
- supernovae Ia
- redshift clustering
- cosmic microwave background
- Elements of statistics
NOTE: Course begins on October 15th, 2012
classes on Monday 16:15-18:00 Philosophenweg 12, nHS (more info)
Calendar (to be confirmed):
In addition, or alternatively, 2 credits for a seminar or an exercise.
The exam takes place upon appointment or on the following dates: 25.01; 31.01; 01.02 (please contact me to book one of these dates). Notice that I will be away from 03.02 to 23.02. Exams in March or April are also possible.
The program is Chapters 1-10 of Prof Bartelmann' script, with some more detailed material from
Chapters 3,4 and 14 of my book Dark Energy, Theory and Observations and from the lecture notes of Cosmology (eg Sec. 2.10 on thermal processes).
Typically I ask a couple of broad questions, plus one chosen by the candidate. Normally there is no need to derive detailed calculations, understanding the procedure to get a result and the physical ideas is more important.
M. Bartelmann, Observing the Big Bang, Lecture Notes
S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Academic Press
L. Amendola and S. Tsujikawa, Dark Energy, Theory and Observations, Cambridge University Press, 2010
L. Amendola, Lecture notes of Cosmology
L. Amendola, Additional notes on age of Earth and galaxiesy
Problems and seminars. (with credits)