News:
Exercise Class on Tue 27 June is cancelled
Problem sheet 10 published, see below.
A "mock exam" with questions
prospectively similar to exam questions appears below.
The list of exam dates is updated again, and now in final form, please see here

Termine/Dates (and Locations)
Vorlesungen/Lectures
Prof. R. Verch
Mi./Wed. 15.1516.45 and Do./Thu. 13.3015.00, Brüderstr. 16, SemRm 114
Übungen/Exercise Class
Dr. T.P. Hack
Tue 11:1512:45, ITP, Brüderstr. 16, SemRm 114
Empfehlenswerte Literatur/Recommended Literature:
A. Liddle, An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, Wiley, 2003 (reprint 2007)
H. Goenner, Einführung in die Kosmologie, Spektrum, 1994
S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Academic Press, 2003
S. Weinberg, Cosmology, Oxford University Press, 2008
G.F.R. Ellis, R. Maartens, M.A.H. MacCallum, Relativistic Cosmology, Cambridge University Press, 2012
C.W Misner, K.S. Thorne, J.A. Wheeler, Gravitation, W.H. Freeman and Co., 1973
R. d'Inverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity, Oxford University Press, 1992
E.W. Kolb, M.S. Turner, The Early Universe, AddisonWesley, 1990
Inhalt:
Grundlagen der modernen Kosmologie. Beobachtungsmöglichkeiten, Entfernungsbestimmung
und Entfernungsskalen, Elemente der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, homogenisotrope
kosmologische Raumzeitmodelle, kosmologisches Standardmodell (LambdaCDM), thermische Entwicklung,
Nukleosynthese, Rekombination, Horizontproblem, Skizze inflationäres Modell, kosmologische
Fluktuationen
Content:
Foundations of modern Cosmology. Methods of observation, distance measurement and
distance scales, elements of general relativity, homogeneousisotropic
cosmological spacetime models, cosmological standard model (LambdaCDM), thermal evolution, nucleosynthesis,
recombination, horizon problem, sketch of inflationary model, cosmological fluctuations
Additional Material
A virtual Universe is a video extract (by Nature Video) of a recent complex computer simulation from a group at MIT
incorporating dark matter. It basically confirms that dark matter is an important ingredient for galaxy formation at the presently known relevant time scales.
Further scientifically based visualizations relating to the evolution of the Universe, galaxy formation etc are provided by the
Illustris Project . It is worth looking at all the information held at this site.
This page on the
age determination of a stellar cluster
is instructive. It is taken from an elearning course on astronomy at Penn State U. The page contains links to several other topics on globular stellar clusters.
The
arXiv preprint of the PRL article on the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015 from a binary black hole merger 1.3 M light years away.
A webpage of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gives an introduction to
gravitational lensing and dark matter
with nice pictures and illustrations. There is also a short but instructive (partially historical)
online survey article
by Richard Ellis.
Astrophysicist Edward White at UCLA provides some interesting webpages on topics related to cosmology.
One is devoted to determining the
Age of the Universe. That page also contains a link
to a background fact sheet (by Chris Stassen) on
isochron dating methods to determine the age of objects through radioactive decay
from ratios of abundances of isotopes.
There are a number of modernized versions of the famous "Powers of Ten" video
visualizing the various scales in the Universe.
A very impressive example is an
interactive representation titled
The Scale of The Universe 2
by Cary and Michael Huang. As this interactive journey takes
quite some loading time, there are several video extractions
available on YouTube. Among the better ones is this:
The Smallest to the Biggest in the Universe
A schematic
timeline of the universe is available from the
website "Physics of the Universe" (by Luke Mastin). It is similar to the one presented in the lectures. There are also several
others available on the internet.
The review articles on physical cosmology
of
Living Reviews in Relativity
Andrei Linde's
review article (2007)
on Inflationary Cosmology (from arXiv.org)
Andrei Linde's book "Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology"
is available as
pdf file at arXiv.org
Norbert Straumann's
review article
on primordial fluctuations
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides a rich and interesting
resource guide
on cosmology for teaching purposes which is really worth having a look at.
Übungsaufgaben/Exercise Sheets
Problem Sheet 2.pdf
Problem Sheet 3.pdf
Problem Sheet 4.pdf
Problem Sheet 5.pdf
Problem Sheet 6.pdf
Problem Sheet 7.pdf
Problem Sheet 8.pdf
Problem Sheet 9.pdf
Problem Sheet 10.pdf
mock exam.pdf