Astro 321

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

Requirements

There will be
weekly problem sets
and a
final project.

For a final project you may choose between 2 team effort (<5 people) projects or 1 individual effort:

Team Effort:

(a) Core of a
Particle Mesh N-Body code.

(b) Core of a
Einstein-Boltzmann (linear theory) code.

Individual Effort:

(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

Problem Sets

Problem Set 2: Due Jan 22

Problem Set 3: Due Jan 29

Problem Set 4: Due Feb 5

Problem Set 5: Due Feb 12

Problem Set 6: Due Feb 19

Problem Set 7: Due Feb 26

Problem Set 8: Due Mar 5

Problem Set 9 / Final Project 1: Due Mar 21

Problem Set 10 / Final Project 2: Due Mar 21

Code to generate spherical bessel functions by Arthur Kosowsky Fortran; C

Rough Syllabus

Week 1:

Friedmann Robertson Walker (FRW) Cosmology: P-Ch-3 & 5

Lecture Notes 1

Week 2:

Matter in the Universe: P-Ch-12

Kinetic theory in an expanding universe: P-Ch-9

Lecture Notes 2

Week 3:

Inhomogeneous fields and linear perturbation theory:
P-Ch-15.1-15.6;
P-Ch-16.1-16.3

Lecture Notes 3

Week 4:

Inflationary Cosmology: P-Ch-11

Lecture Notes 4

Week 5:

Cosmic Microwave Background: P-Ch-18

Lecture Notes 5

Week 6:

Large Scale Structure P-Ch-15.X

Lecture Notes 6

Week 7:

Spherical collapse and mass functions: P-Ch-15.7-8; 16.4; 17.2

Week 8:

Bias and the halo model: P-Ch-15.7-8; 16.4; 17.2

Lecture Notes 7