Rien van de Weygaert,
ZG 186, tel. 3634086, firstname.lastname@example.org
ZG 179, tel. 3634080, email@example.com
ZG 280, tel. 3638322, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lectures: Announcements: Required Knowledge: Exam: Literature:
The lecture schedule will be:
Monday 09:00-11:00 hoorcollege/lecture ZG 161
Wednesday 11:00-13:00 hoorcollege/lecture see announcements
Thursday 11:00-13:00 werkcollege/tutorials ZG161
First lecture will be on monday November 10, the first tutorial on thursday November 13
Exam will be on Tuesday January 27, 09:00-12:30 (5412.0025)
November-January: : because the time for the wednesday lecture coincides partially with the
Kapteyn Institute wednesday lunchtalk, both in ZG161, we will reallocate the lecture
to another lecture hall throughout the entire quarter.
As soon as we have a firm allocation, I will inform you.
Monday November 17: there will be a lecture !!!!
Contrary to earlier message, it turned out flight of lecturer is so late, he will be able to first give the lecture.
Wednesday November 19: lecture will be postponed, due to travel lecturer.
Wednesday November 19: Instead, the werkcollege/tutorial will be at this time.
Wednesday November 12: Lecture room in Kapteynborg 5419-0108
Wednesday November 26: Lecture room in Kapteynborg 5419-0101
Wednesday December 3: Lecture room in Kapteynborg 5419-0101
Wednesday December 10: Lecture room in Kapteynborg 5419-0105
Wednesday January 13: Lecture room in Kapteynborg 5419-0105
Thursday December 11: Tutorial Lecture in Computer Cluster Kapteyn Institute (5419-0142)
Thursday December 18: Tutorial Lecture in Computer Cluster Kapteyn Institute (5419-0142)
Thursday January 15: Presentations (1st part), ZG161
Friday January 16: Presentations (2nd part), ZG161
Tuesday January 27 (09:00-12:00): Tentamen/Exam, room 5412.0025 (Duisenberg building, near Blauwe Zaal)
It will be assumed you will have followed the basic lecture course "Cosmology". It is not a formal requisite.
A recapitulation, overview and summary of the necessary knowledge of basic Cosmology (including some General Relativity), will be the subject of the first week's lecture.
The exam will consist of three/four elements:
written exam -- January 27, 2015: 09:00-12:30
presentation special topic
2 computer tasks
The course will be based upon the lecture notes, to be distributed during the course.
No specific book will be followed. Nonetheless, several books are recommended for the purpose
of the necessary backup information, overlapping substantially with parts of the lecture material:
Oxford University Press, 2008
Cambridge University Press, 1998
ISBN 0521422701 (paper)
The most up-to-date books focussing on structure and galaxy formation are:
Astronomy & Astrophysics Library, 2nd ed., Springer
ISBN 9783540734772 (hb)
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
H.J. Mo, F. van den Bosch, S.D.M. White
Cambridge Univ. Press
ISBN 978-0521857932 (hb)
In addition, THE book on basic cosmology that I will always warmly recommend (but which you are not required to have) - one of the few textbooks really fun reading and a marvel of didactic writing -- is:
Introduction to Cosmology
Addison Wesley, 2002
ISBN 0805389121 (hardcover)
Announcements: Required Knowledge: Exam: Literature:
Interesting Scientific Publications
During the course several papers relating to the lecture content will be handed out. Here you may download them.
Lecture Notes & Exam Material:
The course is based upon the lecture notes. Below you find a listing of the notes.
The notes you can download in 3 forms:
* ppt file, a colour pdf (handout, 2 slices/page) and a greyscale pdf (handout, 2 slices/page)
* pdf file texed notes
* xerox copy, distributed during the course
Below you find a listing of the notes, and I will notify you when they become available. Subsequently, they will be available for downloading.
Please check the notes you have. When you are missing one or more items contact me.
FRW cosmology ppt
FRW Cosmology pdf
study thoroughly: basic to understanding of the course
Overview: Large Scale Structure of the Universe ppt
Overview: Large Scale Structure of the Universe pdf
study thoroughly, overview of course material
Gravitational Instability: outline & overview pdf; hand-written notes
Gravitational Instability & Linear perturbation Theory pdf
Key chapter !!!!!! You must be able to follow all equations (and work with them).
Know by heart: comoving vs. physical perturbation quantities (eqn. 2,3,10,15,16,18), full and linear fluid equations (particularly: eqns. sect. 6.1), linear perturbation eqn.(eqn. 4), general solution (eqn. 43), solution for EdS universe (eqn. 48), solution empty Universe (eqn. 54), structure freeze-out time open Universe (eqn. 61, 62), general growth factor (eqn. 87, 88), relation matter and radiation density fluctuation adiabatic regime (eqn. 106), gravitational potential fluctuation (eqn. 111), potential growth factor (eqn. 115), peculiar gravity (eqn. 120), peculiar gravity growth factor (eqn. 121), peculiar velocity (eqn. 142), definition Peebles factor (eqn. 143, 144), peculiar velocity growth factor (eqn. 148), peculiar velocity (eqn. 153, 158), definition bias (eqn. 157), beta factor (eqn. 159)
Skip: section 7.3.5, 7.3.6
Cosmic Flows pptx
Cosmic Flows pdf
Read thoroughly. Know by heart: definition dipole.
Modes Primordial Fluctuations pdf, hand-written notes
Jeans Instability, Jeans Mass & Cosmic Mass Scales pdf, hand-written notes
Fluctuation modes (adiabatic, isocurvature, isothermal)
Jeans Instability, Jeans Mass, Silk Damping, Silk Mass, Meszaros effect
Important for exam !!!! Know by heart: fluid eqns. of motion including pressure, definition Jean instability, Jeans mass, sound velocity in pre- and post-recombination era, perturbation evolution during radiation- and mass-domination in pre-recombination era (both sub- and super Jeans mass scale), development horizon, Jeans and Silk damping mass as function of time.
Random Fields & Power Spectrum pptx
Random Fields & Power Spectrum pdf
Gaussian Random Fields hand-written notes
"Starting Conditions" cosmic structure formation
Important for exam !!!! Know by heart Fourier definitions, definition power spectrum, relation power spectrum and correlation function, definition Gaussian distribution (in real space and Fourier space), velocity and potential power spectrum. Important to be able to explain the influence of power spectrum on development structure. Different contributions to power spectrum (primordial power spectrum: Harrison-Zeldovich spectrum; transfer functions), normalization power spectrum, be able to explain features (slopes, maximum) in CDM power spectrum).
Going nonlinear pdf
Zel'dovich approximation, Spherical Model, Ellipsoidal Model
Not exam material: Lagrangian Perturbation Theory (sect. 3: but good to read);
also skip sect. 4.2, 4.3
Know by heart: Zel'dovich, eqn. 31, 36, 49, 50, 52, 54, 63, 64, 71.
Know by heart: Spherical model, eqn. 79, 82, 83, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99
Know by heart: Ellipsoidal model, eqn. 110, 111, 116, 123
Also see pdf "Spherical Model" and "Ellipsoidal Model"
Structure Formation and Evolution: Zeldovich & Adhesion formalism pptx
Structure Formation and Evolution: Zeldovich & Adhesion formalism pdf
Exam material: study thoroughly
Spherical Model pdf; hand-written notes
Ellipsoidal Model pdf; hand-written notes
Press-Schechter Formalism pdf; hand-written notes
Includes exam material:
Exam material: study thoroughly.
You will be expected to be able to follow all equations in detail,
and reproduce the line of reasoning.
Structure Formation and Evolution: Nbody simulations pptx
Structure Formation and Evolution: Nbody simulations pdf
Large Scale Structure Galaxy Surveys pptx
Large Scale Structure Galaxy Surveys pdf
read thoroughly: while not necessary to know all details, you may be asked to reproduce general facts on e.g. SDSS survey. Necessary to know in detail: listing of "cosmic fossils" (and what they mean), galaxy luminosity function, Schechter function, SURVEY DEPTH, survey strategies, photometric redshifts, magnitude- and volume-limited surveys, REDSHIFT SPACE DISTORTIONS ...
Statistical Measures of Large Scale Structure ppt
Statistical Measures of Large Scale Structure, h2pdf handout, pdf, colour
Exam: study thoroughly and in detail. Necessary to know the definition of two-point correlation function, n-point correlation functions, ergodic theorem, ways to measure the correlation functions, influence boundary and selection effects, power-law 2pt correlation function (parameters and values)
Clusters and the Theory of the Cosmic Web pdf
van de Weygaert & Bond 2008a;
A Pan-Chromatic View of Clusters and the Large-Scale Structure;
Lecture notes in Physics 740; eds. M. Plionis, O. Lopez-Cruz, D. Hughes
Exam: read thoroughly; you will be expected to understand the overall picture (but not the details).
Large Scale Structure movies
It is highly instructive to study the following movies:
The files with the werkcollege assignments will be attached.
You are expected to solve the assignments yourself that were not completed during the werkcollege/tutorial class. Please turn them in to your tutor (ie. Steven) !Werkcollege I: FRW cosmology
The presentation is part of the final exam. The intention is to investigate in some detail and to some depth one particular topic related to the formation of structure in the Universe. You are expected to acquaint yourself with a few of the essential literature references and to critically assess them (do not always take statements for granted, the field is moving quickly, knowledge may get outdated, viewpoints may change or be proven wrong).
A list of 19 topics from which you are invited to choose: The presentations will be on thursday January 15 (11:00-13:00) and friday January 16 (11:00-13:00). We are looking forward to some illuminating and interesting presentations ! Recall this may be deep stuff and
we need to learn far more ourselves about most issues too. So please educate us ! Rien and Manolis
Presentation Topics pdf
The presentations will be on thursday January 15 (11:00-13:00) and friday January 16 (11:00-13:00).
We are looking forward to some illuminating and interesting presentations ! Recall this may be deep stuff and we need to learn far more ourselves about most issues too. So please educate us !
Rien and Manolis
|Evidence for Dark Energy|
|Cosmology and Clusters of Galaxies|
|Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies|
Michael van Schaik
|Voids and Large Scale Structure|
|Weak Lensing and Large Scale Structure|
|Epoch of Reionization|
|Cosmology and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect|
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.
(provisional, changes possible)
|Subject Hoorcollege||Dates |
|1|| November 10 (c)
November 12 (c)
| Introduction: Cosmic Inventory: |
Large Scale Structure & Cosmic Structure Formation
Galaxies, Groups, Clusters, Superclusters, IGM
Cosmic Structure Formation
Primordial Fluctuations & the Cosmic Microwave Background
Einstein Field Equation,
Cosmological Principle, Robertson-Walker metric,
Redshift, Cosmic Distances
|November 13 (w)|| FRW Cosmology |
FRW universe solutions
|2|| November 17 (c)
November 19 (c)
|Gravitational Instability: |
(Linear) Perturbation Theory,
Cosmic Components &
Influence on Cosmic Structure Formation:
Matter: Baryonic Matter & Dark Matter
| November 20 (w) || Perturbation Theory|
|3|| November 24 (c)
November 26 (c)
Random Density & Velocity Fields
Multidimensional Gaussian distributions
Random Fields & Power Spectrum
Nonlinear Clustering & Structure Formation
Anisotropic Collapse and the Formation of Voids
Spherical Model, Ellipsoidal Model
| November 27 (w)|| Perturbation Theory|
|4|| December 1 (c)
December 3 (c)
Lagrangian Perturbation Theory
Phase Space Dynamics
Phase Space Sheet
Jeans Mass, Silk damping
Power spectra Cold Dark Matter, Hot Dark Matter
|December 4(w)||Spherical Collapse & Model|
|5|| December 8 (c)
December 10 (c)
| Mapping the Universe
Galaxy sky surveys
Galaxy redshift Surveys
The Cosmic Web Observed
Cosmic Web: Filaments, Sheets and Voids
Clusters of Galaxies
|December 11 (w)||Power Spectrum & |
|6|| December 15 (c)
December 17 (c)
|Analysis of the Large Scale Structure |
Counts in Cells
Genus, Minkowski functionals, Betti numbers
Cosmic Web Analysis
Tessellation Analysis, DTFE, Phase Space Sheet
Multiscale Morphology Filter
Watershed (Void Finder)
Morse Theory, Skeleton \& Cosmic Spine
|December 18 (w)||Two-point correlation function|
|7|| January 5 (c)
January 7 (c)
Press-Schechter and Excursion set formalism
Cosmic Tidal Fields &
Cosmic Web Theory
Cooling and Galaxy Formation
Nonlinear Structure Formation: N-body models
N-body simulation techniques
Cosmological Hydro simulation techniques
Cosmological Computer Simulations:
Large Scale Structure simulations
|January 8 (w)||Press-Schechter Formalism |
& Halo Mass Functions
|8|| January 12 (c)
January 14 (c)
Intergalactic Medium: Lya forest & WHIM
Gravitational Lensing, Cosmic Shear
Dark Ages, First Stars & Reionization
Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies
CMB anisotropies, temperature perturbations
CMB anisotropies, experiments & satellites
CMB anisotropies, analysis & maps
CMB anisotropies, secondary perturbations
CMB anisotropies, polarization
|January 19 (w)||N-body Simulations |