Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg

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Block Course: Testing Fundamental Physics with Cosmology
3rd and 10th July 2019 Room: gHS, Philosophenweg 12


This is a two-days block course on advanced topics in cosmology for master and PhD students: dark energy, modified gravity, neutrino cosmology, gravitational waves, inflation, CMB, observations, etc.

Knowledge of General Relativity and basic Cosmology is required.

No registration is needed to attend.


Note: NO CREDITS; interested students can pick up a topic and deliver a 30 minutes seminar during the next semester for 2 credits. Please send an email to pinho@thphys.uni-heidelberg.de in case you would like to do so.


Schedule:

3rd July

11:15 - 12:00: Exploring gravity theories using Einstein-Boltzmann solvers and Bayesian statistics - Jiaming Zhao
12:05 - 12:50: Brans-Dicke cosmology. Still alive and kicking - Adrià Gòmez-Valent

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch break

14:15 - 15:45: The concept of self-acceleration and its shortcoming - Luca Amendola
15:45 - 16:15: Coffee break
16:15 - 17:45: Review of the cosmological constant problem - Oliver Piattella


10th July

11:15 - 12:00: Information theory and model selection in cosmology - Ana Marta Pinho
12:05 - 12:50: Testing the LCDM cosmology in the dark ages - Xuewen Liu

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch break

14:15 - 15:00: Degenerate higher-order scalar-tensor theories - Manuel Wittner
15:05 - 15:55: The cosmological principle: when and why - Leonardo Giani
16:00 - 16:45: God's cookbook: selected recipes of modified gravity - Arvid Weyrauch & Giorgio Laverda

17:30: Barbecue


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