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COSMOLOGY
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:15 (online)
Instructor: Roman Scoccimarro
Grades: Homework (50%), Final Exam (50%)
Homework sessions: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10AM

Course Outline



Homework:

HW1[Feb24], HW2[Mar03], HW3[Mar10], HW4[Mar17], HW5[Mar31], HW6[Apr07], HW7[Apr14], HW8[Apr28], HW9[May12]

Transfer Function for HW8



Final exam

Will be on May 17 (take home).

Slides shown in class



Lecture Notes


01 -- FLRW cosmology:

SmoothUniverse
Cosmic Acceleration

02 -- Beyond the smooth universe:

Gaussian Random Fields

03 -- Generation of Primordial Fluctuations:

Inflation Basics
Scalar-Vector-Tensor Decomposition
Generation of Fluctuations during Inflation
Primordial Non-Gaussianity

04 -- Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Fluctuations:

CMB Basics
CMB Polarization

05 -- Evolution of Matter Fluctuations:

Linear Perturbation Theory
The Transfer Function
Nonlinear Perturbation Theory
Non-Gaussianity

06 -- Galaxy Clustering:

Galaxy Bias
Redshift-Space Distortions


GR Notes

These might be useful to refresh your GR (see the GR website for the complete set of notes)

Geodesics
Covariant Derivative
Curvature
Gauge Transformations
SVT-decomposition
Stress-Energy-Momentum Tensor


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
  • Dodelson & Schmidt, Modern Cosmology, 2021, Academic Press
  • Weinberg, Cosmology, 2008, Oxford Univ. Press