#
waynehu

## Professor,
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Chicago

# Cosmic Acceleration

## Astro 449

MF 1:30-2:50 ERC 583

This course will be co-taught by Zhen Hou and is composed of 2 parts. The first half will be lecture based with the goal of estabilishing a common denominator on expansion history, growth tests of cosmic acceleration and alternatives
to the cosmological constant. The second half
will be more research or reading course based.

Requirement for this course is a final project to be presented in class.
Prerequisite for the course is graduate level cosmology.

### Possible lecture topics

D(z) and the discovery of cosmic accleration

CMB and the high redshift anchor

Gravitational lensing

Dark matter halos and their abundance

Galaxy clusters

Baryon acoustic oscillations

Cosmological constant

Scalar field models

Modified gravity
### Zhen Hou's Lectures

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Installing Codes

Lectures 3-8
### Growth of Structure Lectures

Linear growth of structure

Nonlinear growth of structure

### Austin Joyce's Theory Lectures

Cosmological Constant Problem