PAP326 Cosmology II, 5 cr
Code 
PAP326 
Validity 
01.01.2017 

Name 
Cosmology II 
Abbreviation 
Cosmology II 
Scope  5 cr 


Type  Advanced studies 
Type  Course 




Grading  General scale 
 
 no 


Can be taken more than once  no 
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:
 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 largescale 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 largescale structure: Newtonian firstorder 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
Future examinations
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