Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Chicago

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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