MW 1:30-2:50 AAC 123
First Meeting: 1/6
This course will have its focus on structure formation in cosmology. I also expect that you are comfortable with programming in your language of choice.
The main textbook for this course is Peacock: Cosmological Physics, Cambridge 1999 and is generally available in any good book store.
Peacock is a very, sometimes frustratingly, broad book and so for more detail on the various subjects the following references may be helpful
There will be
weekly problem sets
For a final project you may choose between 2 team effort (<5 people) projects or 1 individual effort:
(a) Core of a
Particle Mesh N-Body code.
(b) Core of a Einstein-Boltzmann (linear theory) code.
(a) Core of a
halo model (dark matter power spectrum) code.
The preferred method of submission of the final project is to present
it as a web page. Last year's examples
Friedmann Robertson Walker (FRW) Cosmology: P-Ch-3 & 5
Lecture Notes 1
Matter in the Universe: P-Ch-12
Kinetic theory in an expanding universe: P-Ch-9
Lecture Notes 2
Inhomogeneous fields and linear perturbation theory:
Lecture Notes 3
Inflationary Cosmology: P-Ch-11
Lecture Notes 4
Cosmic Microwave Background: P-Ch-18
Lecture Notes 5
Large Scale Structure P-Ch-15.X
Lecture Notes 6
Spherical collapse and mass functions: P-Ch-15.7-8; 16.4; 17.2
Bias and the halo model: P-Ch-15.7-8; 16.4; 17.2
Lecture Notes 7