Graduate School

Contemporary cosmology

This course is part of the programme:
Physics (Third Level)

Objectives and competences

The goal of this course is to give the student a solid background in the physics of the universe and it’s evolution and to introduce topics at the forefront of current research such as dark matter, dark energy and large-scale structure formation.

Prerequisites

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Content (Syllabus outline)

Selected topics will cover the general cosmological theories:

  • big-bang mechanism
  • thermodynamics of the initial phases of the Universe
  • understanding of the CMB
  • nucleosythesis and bariosynthesis
  • large-scale structure formation and galaxies
  • gamma-ray bursts
  • topics of current of current importance such as Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

The goal of this course is to give the student a solid background in the physics of the universe and it’s evolution and to introduce topics at the forefront of current research such as dark matter, dark energy and large-scale structure formation.

Readings

1. Steven Weinberg, Cosmology, Oxford University Press, 2008

2. Scott Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Elsevier, 2003

Assessment

Oral Seminar (100%)

Lecturer's references

Gabrijela Zaharijas is an associate professor of Physics at the University of Nova Gorica and works within the Fermi LAT and CTA collaborations.

1. ‘Search for γ-ray emission from dark matter particle interactions from Andromeda and Triangulum Galaxies with the Fermi Large Area Telescope’, Eckner et al., Phys. Rev. D 99 (2019) 12, 123027, e-Print: 1904.10977 [astro-ph.HE]

2. ‘Unresolved Gamma-Ray Sky through its Angular Power Spectrum’, Fermi-LAT collaboration (including GZ), Phys. Rev. Lett. 121 (2018) 24, 241101, e-Print:1812.02079 [astro-ph.HE]

3. ‘A gamma-ray determination of the Universe’s star formation history’, Fermi-LAT collaboration (including GZ), Science 362 (2018) 6418, 1031-1034, e-Print:1812.01031 [astro-ph.HE]

4. ‘Extragalactic gamma-ray signal from dark matter annihilation: an appraisal’, Sefusatti et al. (including GZ), Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 441 (2014) 3, 1861-1878, e-Print: 1401.2117 [astro-ph.CO]

5. ’Extragalactic gamma-ray signal from Dark Matter annihilation: a power spectrum based computation’, Serpico et al.(including GZ), Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc. 421 (2012), e-Print:1109.0095 [astro-ph.CO]

University course code: 3FIi13

Year of study: 1

Lecturer:

ECTS: 6

Workload:

  • Lectures: 45 hours
  • Individual work: 135 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
lectures