Fall 2015

This course will provide an introduction to Cosmology aimed primarily at Graduate Students

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Class Hours: Tues and Thurs 12:30- 1:45 Bausch and Lomb 315
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**Prof:
Eric Blackman, Bausch & Lomb 417, blackman@pas.rochester.edu**

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**Textbooks:
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The required course textbook is: "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology" by Peter Schneider (second edition)
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Other books of interest:
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"Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity" (James Hartle)
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"A First Course in General Relativity" (Bernard Schutz)
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"Spacetime and Geometry" (Sean Carroll)
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"Physical Foundations of Cosmology" (Viatcheslave Mukhanov)
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"Introduction to Cosmology" (Barbara Ryden)
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"Modern Cosmology" (Scott Dodelson)
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"Cosmology" (Steven Weinberg)
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**Syllabus
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The order of topics to be covered are the path
throgh chapters 4, 7, and 8 of the book.
I will however, supplement with more material along this path
in places where I think theoretical background is desirable.
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****Part I: Isotropic, Homogeneous, Time Dependent Cosmological Models****
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1. Introduction and Basic Observations
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2. Dynamics and Implications of Expanding Universe (Newtonian Model)
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3: Role of General Relativity and Curvature/ Gravity as Geometry
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4. Friedmann Equations for Cosmology and Implications (big bang, redshift, age)
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5. Distances in Cosmology
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6. Thermal History of Universe and Nucleosyntheis
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7. Inflation
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****Part II: Inhomogeneities and Structure Formation****
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8. Gravitational Instability
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9. Modeling density fluctuations and their linear time evolution, baryon acoustic oscillations
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10. Nonlinear evolution of density fluctuations
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11. Dark Matter Halos
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12. Weak Gravtiational Lensing as Probe of Dark Matter
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****Part III: Cosmological Parameters and Cosmology as a Precision Science****
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13. Redshift Surveys
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14. Inferring Cosmological Parmeters from Galaxy Clusters
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15. High Redshift Supernova and Cosmological Constant
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16. Cosmic Shear
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17. Lymnan Alpha Forrest and Cosmology
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18. Angular Fluctuations of the Cosmic Microwave Background
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19. Cosmological Parmeters from CMB
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**Coursework:**

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(Grading will be PASS/FAIL)
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(1) Homework sets (not graded). There are book problems in the text which
also have answers in the back.
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(2) Take Home Final Exam
Date to be determined
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(3) Presentation on topic to be chosen in consultation with me. I want the topic to be useful and interseting to you and we can discuss topics that might complement your own research.
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