George F. Smoot
Fall Semester 1998
Text for Physics 290C; not required:
Introduction to Cosmology by Matts Roos
- Gerhard Borner, The Early Universe: Fact and Fiction, 2nd ed. (1992).
- Rowan-Robinson, The Cosmological Distance Ladder (1985);
- Malcom Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, 2nd ed. (1992--93);
- Shapiro and Teukolsky, Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars (1983
--- paperback addition available);
- J. Frank, A.R. King and D.J. Raine, Accretion Power in Astrophysics, 2nd ed.
(1992 --- paperback edition available);
- Alan Lightman et al, Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation (1975)
- T. Padmanabhan, Structure Formation in the Universe, Cambridge
- T. Padmanabhan, Problem Book in Astrophysics and Cosmology
PHYSICS 290C. Cosmology Seminar (1-4)
1.5 hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate or Senior standing in Astronomy or in Physics,
or permission of the instructor.
PHSYSICS 290C: Cosmology Seminar - 24 lecture hours ---
16 lectures --- 1-4 units ---
1.5 hours/week lecture, 1 hour/week discussion
- 1. Introduction, Elements of Cosmology
- 2. The Role of Gravity in Cosmology
- Newtonian Derivation of Friedman Equation
- Elements of General Relativity for Cosmology
- 3. Cosmological Models (Friedmann & de Sitter)
- 4. Thermodynamics of the Early Universe
- 5. Relics of the Big Bang
- 6. Problems with the Big Bang Model
- 7. Cosmic Inflation
- 8. The Cosmological Constant
Determination of Cosmological Parameters
- 9. Supernova
- 10. Gravitational Lensing
- 11. Large scale structure: Growth of density fluctuations
- 12. The Cosmic Microwave Background - Spectrum
- 13. The Cosmic Microwave Background - Anisotropies Theory
- 14. The Cosmic Microwave Background - Anisotropies Theory II
- 15. The Cosmic Microwave Background - Polarization
- 16. Cosmology and Mythologies: Where are we?
The Smoot Astrophysics Group