Rien van de Weygaert,
ZG 186, tel. 3634086, email@example.com
Jakob van Betlehem,
ZG 153, tel. 3634063, firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcements: Required Knowledge: Lectures: Exam: General Information: Literature: Lecture Notes:
The first lecture will be on tuesday morning February 9, 13.7 minutes after 9 !!!!
The tutorial lectures of friday Feb. 26 will be the student presentations on topics of Early Cosmology.
Note that the friday lecture and friday tutorial will also be in room ZG161 (with the exception of friday March 5: ZG257)
There are no real requirements (except the usual basic knowledge of first and second year mathematics, physics and astrophysics. Although some familiarity with General Relativity will facilitate insight into the Universe, the lectures in the first week will provide the necessary background.
The lecture schedule will be:
Tuesday 09:15-11:00 hoorcollege ZG 161
Friday 09:15-11:00 hoorcollege ZG 161 (except Mar 5: ZG257)
Friday 11:15-13:00 werkcollege ZG 161 (except Mar 5: ZG257)
The exam will consist of three/four elements:
written exam -- tuesday April 13, 14:00-17:15, ZG257
2 computer tasks
Practical information on the course -- literature, provisional schedule, topics presentation -- you may find in:
General Lecture Information
The course will be based upon
to be distributed during the course
Introduction to Cosmology
Addison Wesley, 2002
ISBN 0805389121 (hardcover)
This book entails a really fabulous introduction to the basic concepts of cosmology, nearly entirely up to date. It is one of the few textbooks really fun reading, a marvel of didactic writing. In particular for the later stages of the lecture series -- Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic Nucleosynthesis, Inflation -- I will assume you have the book.
In addition, there are three general cosmology books that from time to time you may wish to consult (but which are not obligatory fare for this course !!!). They are somewhat more demanding than the Ryden book, yet contain a lot of useful information,
Cambridge University Press, 1998
ISBN 0521422701 (paper)
Cosmology, The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure
P. Coles, F. Lucchin
Wiley, 2n edition, 2002
Principles of Physical Cosmology
Princeton Univ. Press
Below you find a listing which will gradually be updated. You may download the pdf and ppt files.
Introduction & Overview ppt
Introduction & Overview pdf
General Relativity pdf
The Cosmological Principle: Evidence ppt
(still some modifications needed, on cosmic dipole)
Robertson-Walker metric pdf
Cosmological Principle & handout
Cosmic Dynamics: & handout
Cosmic Constituents ppt
(still needs substantial extension on dark energy)
FRW Universe: Solutions handout
Evolution Hubble Parameter H(t) handout
and: Cosmic Time
Evolution Omega & Flatness Problem handout
and: Horizons & Horizon Problem
and: Inflationary Universe
The Hot Big Bang handout
& Thermal History of the Universe
and: Cosmic Microwave Background
The Hot Big Bang and the Early Universe ppt
Thermal History of the Universe
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
Cosmic Microwave Background ppt
For the exam you should also study Ryden chapter 9, 10 and 11 !!!!!!!!!!
Lectures: Exam: General Information: Literature: Lecture Notes:
Exam: General Information: Literature: Lecture Notes:
The written exam is on:Wednesday April 7, 14:00-17:15; room ZG161
Presentation: Early Cosmology
Attached you find the files with topics for your presentation on "Early Cosmology".
Choose the topic of your choice, subsequently inform me about your choice. Alternatively you may choose a topic not mentioned in the list. In that case consult lecturer. After approval you can set to work on the subject.Early Cosmology
You are expected to prepare a 10-15 minute presentation (with ppt or pdf notes) !
Attached you find the files with the werkcollege assignments.
Important: the assignments that were not completed during the werkcollege/tutorial class, you are expected to solve yourself at home. Completed tasks should be turned in to the tutorial assistent J. van Betlehem. Completed and approved tasks are required for completion of the course.
Thus: please turn them in to your tutor (ie. me) !
For questions and advice on the tasks you are of course welcome to contact your "werkcollegedocent", drs. J. van Betlehem ! Room 153 !
For searching the astronomical literature the two most important website to consult are those ofADS: NASA Astrophysics Data System
Notice that ADS allows you to expand your literature search via the references of the paper under consideration, as well as the links to the papers that refer to it. While using this possibility wisely you may quickly find most relevant studies. Also notice that the links of ADS to the journals in which the papers are published may need you to use your student number + password for the University library, or you have registered with the University Library, when working from outside the university (e.g. from home). Otherwise you will not be able to use the university subscription to these journals.
During the course several papers relating to the lecture content will be handed out.
Here you may download them (will be updated during the course).
(provisional, changes possible)
|Subject Hoorcollege||Dates |
Feb. 9 (c)
Feb. 12 (c)
a Review and Introduction
The metric Universe:
General Relativity, basics and essentials
|Feb. 12 (w)||Werkcollege set 1|
|2|| Feb. 16 (c) |
Feb. 19 (c)
The Cosmological Principle|
Cosmic Time and Weyl's Postulate
Observational Evidence Cosmological Principle
Observational Evidence Isotropic Universe
Observational Evidence Homogeneous Universe
|Feb. 19 (w)|
|3|| Feb. 23 (c) |
Feb. 26 (c)
Cosmological Observables in a Geometric Universe
|Feb. 26 (w)||Presentations:|
|4|| Mar. 2 (c)|
Mar. 5 (c)
Hubble parameter, Omega, q and curvature
|Mar. 5 (w)||Werkcollege set 2|
|5|| Mar. 9 (c)|
Mar. 12 (c)
Radiation, (Dark) Matter and Dark Energy
|Mar. 12 (w)||Werkcollege set 3|
|6|| Mar. 16 (c) |
Mar. 19 (c)
Cosmological FRW Solutions:
Radiation- and Matter-dominated Universes, Radiation-Matter Equivalence
Dark Energy and Cosmic Acceleration
General FRW solutions, Matter-Dominated Universes, Flat Universes, ...
|Mar. 19 (w)||Werkcollege set 3|
|7|| Mar. 23 (c) |
Mar. 26 (c)
The problems of standard cosmology:
Flatness Problem, Horizon Problem,
Structure Problem, Monopole Problem
Inflation & the Inflationary Universe
|Mar. 26 (w)||Werkcollege set 4|
|8|| Mar. 30 (c) |
Apr. 2 (c)
The Early Universe:
Thermal History of the Universe
The Cosmic Microwave Background:
Recombination, Decoupling and Freeze-out
Thermalization and Blackbody Spectrum of the CMB
Anisotropries of the CMB
|Apr. 2 (w)||Werkcollege set 5|