Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 (Meyer 433)
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro

This is an "advanced" cosmology class.
Knowledge of basics of isotropic and homogeneous cosmology and linear perturbations (as given in previous course) will be assumed.
Students will be required to present projects by the end of the semester.

Lecture Notes

Lec01, Lec02, Lec03, Lec04, Lec05, Lec06, Lec07, Lec08, Lec09, Lec10, Lec11,
Lec12, Lec13, Lec14, Lec15, Lec16, Lec17, Lec18, Lec19, Lec20, Lec21, Lec22


There is no formal textbook that I will follow, although the following can be very useful,

  • Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, 2003, Academic Press
  • Feynman, Morinigo, Wagner, Feynman Lectures on Gravitation, 2003, Westview Press
  • Hartle, Gravity, 2003, Addison Wesley
  • Liddle & Lyth, Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure, 2000, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Misner, Thorne and Wheeler, Gravitation, 1973, Freeman
  • Padmanabhan, Structure Formation in the Universe, 1993, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Peebles, The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe, 1980, Princeton Univ. Press
  • Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology, 1993, Princeton Univ. Press
  • Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity, 1985, Cambridge University Press
  • Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology, 1972, Wiley
  • Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, 2003, Princeton Univ. Press

    Course Outline

  • Generation of Primordial Fluctuations
    - Review of General Relativity
    - Inflation, Relativistic Perturbation Theory

  • Acceleration of the Universe
    - Observational Evidence
    - Dark Energy, Models
    - Modifications of Gravity

  • From Dark Matter to Galaxies
    - Non-linear evolution: perturbation theory
    - PS and EPS formalisms
    - Dark Matter Halos
    - The Halo Model: Galaxy Occupation Numbers