University of Chicago

MTh 3:00-4:20 AAC 123

This course will have a heavy emphasis on the** theory** of cosmic
microwave background anisotropies.

Requirements for this course are the Ast 321 or the physics dept cosmology course. Rudimentary GR knowledge will be assumed - FRW metric, tensor index manipulation.

There will be approximately 1-2 problems or paper reading per week as homework. There will be no final or final project but the final problem set will be more extensive.

**Note I will be away October 7 so class will be cancelled that day. I will
try to make up the difference later on.**

There will be a special lecture November 11 by Stephan Meyer on CMB experiments.

Problem Set 1: hands on with CMBfast

Problem Set 2: Thomson scattering, tight coupling approximation

Problem Set 3: External potentials and the Green's Method

Problem Set 4: Polarization and coordinate transformations

Problem Set 5: Reading assignment: Bardeen (1980)

Problem Set 6: Scalar Fields I

Problem Set 7: Scalar Fields II

Problem Set 8: Final problem set

- A General Intro to CMB Anisotropies My FRW notation conventions

- Heuristic Intro to Acoustic Peaks
- Tight coupling approximation

- Lecture Notes
- Annual Reviews

- Driving effects / CMB & Dark matter
- Damping effects

- Polarization Description
- Acoustic Polarization
- Lecture Notes

- Formal linear perturbation theory
- Lecture Notes

- Inflation, Slow Roll and Tensors
- Lecture Notes

- Formal CMB theory
- Mechanics of CMBFast
- Lecture Notes

- Gravitational Secondaries: ISW & Lensing
- Scattering Secondaries
- Lecture Notes

- Data pipeline, challenges.

- Lecture Notes