Course Synopses

16:750:608 COSMOLOGY (3)

  • Course Description:

    Prerequisites: 750:341-342 Principles of Astrophysics or equivalent. Models of the universe, their fundamental parameters and their estimation from observations. Evolution of the universe from soon after its formation to the present. Growth of structure and the formation of galaxies.

    This is a graduate-level course on the origin and evolution of the Universe. Cosmology is a rich field of physics, drawing from astrophysics, gravitation, particle physics, nuclear physics and thermodynamics. The two decades have seen the development of a standard model of cosmology called Lambda Cold Dark Matter (LCDM) which explains a wide array of observed phenomena and has successfully predicted the power spectra of cosmic microwave background and large-scale structure. This class will attempt to highlight the quality of the current match between data and theory.

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