Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:00 (Meyer 425)
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 (presentation of a paper in the literature) by the end of the semester, in addition to homework.

Course Outline

  • Homework: HW1[Mar11], HW2[Apr8],

    Lecture Notes

    Lec01, Lec02, Lec03, Lec04, Lec05, Lec06, Lec07, Lec08, Lec09, Lec10, Lec11, Lec12, Lec13, Lec14, Lec15, Lec16,


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

  • Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, 2003, Academic Press
  • Liddle & Lyth, Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure, 2000, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Mukhanov, Physical Foundations of Cosmology, 2007, Cambridge Univ. Press


    April 29

  • Vector Inflation [source] (David)
  • (P)Reheating after inflation (Mukhanov's book) (Abhishek)
  • Primordial Non-Gaussianity from Inflation [source] (Rakib)

    May 1

  • CMB Polarization: E and B modes [source1,source2] (Ronnie)
  • Constraints on Inflation from the CMB [source1,source2](Ilias)
  • Constraints on Inflation from the CMB [source1,source2](Eyal)

    May 6

  • Detection of Weak Gravitational Lensing of the CMB [source1][source2] (Guangtun)
  • Constraints on Gravity from Laser Lunar Ranging and Table-Top Experiments [source1,source2] (Lisa)
  • Cosmological constraints from Baryon Acoustic Oscillations in Galaxy Surveys [source1,source2] (Tao)