MTh 3:00-4:20 AAC 123
Office Hours: After Class; First Meeting: 3/25
This course will introduce topics of current interest in Cosmic Microwave
Background research: acoustic peaks in the primary anisotropy power spectrum,
CMB polarization, origin and evolution of large-scale structure in the
universe, gravitational lensing and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich secondary anisotropies.
Cosmic Microwave Background : an Annual Reviews by myself and S. Dodelson
On line CMB tutorials
Problem sets. This is 60% of your grade
Final projects: Oral Component: in class 25 min. presentations and
Written component: a write up of the presentation with references OR a web page with graphics. This is 40% of your grade.
Decide on your topic by May 9.
Problem Set 1 Due April 4.
Problem Set 2 Due April 11.
Problem Set 3 Due April 18.
Problem Set 4 Due April 25.
Problem Set 5 Due May 3.
Problem Set 6 Due May 9.
Problem Set 7 Due May 16. Note: for the extra credit the set of models has been changed to be Omega_c h2=0.23 to put the minimum in range.
Overview lectures will be in laptop-colloquium style mode.
Full PDF files are available below; movies require Acrobat 5 and a Quicktime
plug in, available for Mac and Windows (sorry, I don't know of a Linux
Week 1: Mar 25, 28
Overview: CDM/Inflationary paradigm of structure formation
Week 2: Apr 1, Apr 4
Blackboard: Cosmology review
Week 3: Apr 8, Apr 11
Blackboard: power spectra
Week 4: Apr 15, Apr 18
Blackboard: recombination, conservation laws
Week 5: Apr 22, Apr 25
Blackboard: Acoustic oscillations w/o gravity
Week 7: Apr 29, May 2
Blackboard: inflationary origin of fluctuations
Blackboard: Driven and damped acoustic oscillations
|Week 10: May 20, May 23
Blackboard: secondaries and the future
Week 11: May 30?
Web: Final Project presentations
Final Project Topics
Large extra dimensions
Data analysis techniques (map making, power spectrum