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COSMOLOGY
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-10:45 (Meyer 333)
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro


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[Feb13], HW2[Mar20], HW3[May11]

Lecture Notes


1-FRW
2-Acceleration
3-GaussianFields
4-Likelihood
5-InflationBasics
6-SVT1
7-SVT2
8-InflationFluct
9-InflationModels
10-PrimordialNG
11-WeakLensing
12-CosmicShear
13-CMB
14-LinearPT below Hubble
15-Transfer
16-PT
17-Bispectrum
18-Bias
19-RSD

Paper Presentations - May 10 @9:30, B726 Building - 902 conference room


Please remember you have 20 minutes total (15 plus 5 min questions).

  • 9:30 Po-Jen Wang: (P)Reheating in Inflation (Mukhanov's book, this or this)

  • 9:50 Guzman Hernandez: Nontrivial single field models and Primordial Non-Gaussianity (e.g. k-inflation from Mukhanov's book, see this for discussion of its PNG)

  • 10:10 Cristina Mondino: Constraints on cosmological parameters from Planck, see also this

  • 10:30 Christina Caragine: Reconstructing the Inflaton potential from Planck

  • 10:50 Daniel Older: CMB Polarization constraint on tensor modes (gravitational waves) E and B modes (Dodelson or Weinberg Book, or this), WMAP results (see around Fig.33) and Planck results

    Break

  • 11:30 Jason Cao: Probes of Dark Energy: Weak Lensing, see Chapter 5

  • 11:50 Fang-Yi Chu: Probes of Dark Energy: Baryon Acoustic Oscillations, see Chapter 4, also results from BOSS

  • 12:10 Quynh Nguyen: Probes of Dark Energy: Cluster Abundance, see Chapter 6

  • 12:30 Yiyang Wu: Probes of Dark Energy: Supernovae Type Ia, see Chapter 3

  • 12:50 Dou Liu: Dark Energy scalar field models (e.g. Amendola & Tsujikawa's book, or this)

  • 1:10 Digvijay Wadekar: Constraints on large-scale deviations of GR from redshift-space distortions, see e.g. this.

    Textbooks


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

  • Amendola & Tsujikawa, Dark Energy, 2010, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Liddle & Lyth, The Primordial Density Perturbation, 2009, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Mo, van den Bosch & White, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, 2010, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Mukhanov, Physical Foundations of Cosmology, 2007, Cambridge Univ. Press
  • Weinberg, Cosmology, 2008, Oxford Univ. Press