Tuesdays 3:30-4:45, Thursdays 2-3:15, Room 725
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro
Grades: Homework (50%), Final Exam (50%)

  • Homework: HMW1, HMW2, HMW3, HMW4, HMW5
  • Solutions: SOL1, SOL2, SOL3, SOL4

    - People requested my lecture notes, so here they are scanned (if you can read my handwriting!)
  • Lecture Notes: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L10, L11, L12, L13, L14, L15, L16, L17, L18

    Course Outline

  • Standard Cosmology
    - Homogeneity and Isotropy
    - Expansion of the Universe, BBN, CMB
    - FRW Model
    - Thermal History

  • Inflation
    - Motivation: Initial Conditions
    - Fundamentals
    - Generation of density perturbations

  • Evolution of Fluctuations
    - Linear PT: Growth of Fluctuations in Radiation/Matter Era
    - Dark Matter
    - Statistics: Correlation Functions, Moments, Power Spectrum
    - CMB Primary Anisotropies
    - Large-Scale Structure: Clustering, Nonlinear PT, Non-Gaussianity

    Recommended Textbooks

    (On reserve in Bobst Library)

  • J.A. Peacock, Cosmological Physics , 1999, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • A.R. Liddle & D.H. Lyth, Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure, 2000, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • E.W. Kolb & M.S. Turner, The Early Universe, 1990, Addison Wesley
  • T. Padmanabhan, Structure Formation in the Universe, 1993, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • P.J.E. Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology, 1993, Princeton Univ. Press

    Learn Cosmology from the Web!

  • Cosmology Tutorial
  • Big Bang Tutorial
  • Theoretical Cosmology
  • Physics of the CMB
  • Great Black Hole Movies!