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PAP326 Cosmology II, 5 cr 
Code PAP326  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Cosmology II  Abbreviation Cosmology II 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
  no
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Description
Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Modules where the course belong to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • TCM300 Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Computational Methods

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

 
Timing 

Recommended time for completion is after FYS2081 Cosmology I.  First year of Master's level studies.

Lectured every year. The course will be offered in the autumn term, in II period.

 
Learning outcomes 
  • You will learn to calculate the primordial perturbations produced by a given inflation model.
  • You will understand how these primordial perturbations develop into the present large-scale structure of the universe.
  • You will understand how these perturbations affect the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background and how the latter can be used to determine the values of the cosmological parameters.
 
Completion methods 

Homework problems and course exam

 
Prerequisites 

FYS2081 Cosmology I, FYS2010 Mathematical Methods Ia, FYS2011 Mathematical Methods Ib (Fourier series), or similar background

 
Recommended optional studies 

PAP335 General Relativity can be taken either before or after this course

 
Contents 
  • Cosmological inflation in the early universe as explanation for the initial conditions of the Big Bang
  • Inflation models and how inflation generates primordial perturbations (density fluctuation sand gravitational waves)
  • Structure formation: how primordial perturbations develop into the present large-scale structure: Newtonian first-order perturbation theory; a little bit of relativistic perturbation theory
  • Cosmic microwave background anisotropy; its description and physics; connection to primordial perturbations and cosmological parameters
 
Study materials and literature 

Lecture notes on the course homepage  http://www.courses.physics.helsinki.fi/teor/cosmology/

 
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Lectures and exercises (homework problems), individual study

 
Assessment practices and criteria 

Final grade is based on graded exercises and the final exam

 


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Cosmology II  Lecture Course  Hannu Kurki-Suonio 
28.10.19 -09.12.19 mon 14.15-16.00
29.10.19 -10.12.19 tue 12.15-14.00
18.12.19wed 09.00-13.00

Future examinations
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Cosmology II  General Examination  Hannu Kurki-Suonio 
17.01.20fri 12.00-16.00
registration period has not begun Cosmology II  General Examination  Hannu Kurki-Suonio 
13.03.20fri 12.00-16.00
registration period has not begun Cosmology II  General Examination  Hannu Kurki-Suonio 
08.05.20fri 12.00-16.00
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