An Introduction to Particle Cosmology
A course by Bohdan Grządkowski
Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Warsaw
phone: +48 22 5532848
Winter semester 2017/18
lectures: Wednesday, 12:15-14:00, room B0.14
class: Tuesday, 9:15-11:00, room 2.06
Links between particle physics and cosmology
The outline of the course:
- The Observed Universe
- A Brief "Course" of the General Relativity
- Cosmological Models
- Gravitational Lensing
- Thermodynamics of the Early Universe
- Thermal Relics from the Big Bang
- The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
The course grading:
- Final written exam: 3 selected problems solved in the class during the course, for the list of
problems see here , students are allowed to bring one A4 format
sheet of paper containing formulae, that might be helpful during the exam, only formulae are allowed,
not solutions of problems listed above under "here".
- Final oral exam: material limited exclusively to the lecture notes posted below, for the list of
problems see here , "formulae sheet" is not allowed during the oral exam.
- L. Bergström and A. Goobar, "Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics"
- A. Liddle, "Wprowadzenie do kosmologii wspolczesnej"
- E. Kolb and M. Turner, "The Early Universe"
- D.S. Gorbunov and V.A. Rubakov, "Introduction to the theory of the early universe: Hot big bang theory"
- S. Weinberg, "Gravitation and Cosmology"
Additional texbooks, articles and web pages:
- E. R. Harrison, "Cosmology: The Science of the Universe"
- T. Padmanabhan, "Cosmology and Astrophysics Through Problems"
- T. M. Davis and Ch. H. Lineweaver, "Superluminal Recession Velocities",
AIP Conf. Proc. 555, 348 (2001);
- Ch. H. Lineweaver and T. M. Davis,
"Misconceptions about the Big Bang", Scientific American, March 2005;
- T. M. Davis and Ch. H. Lineweaver,
"Expanding Confusion: common misconceptions of cosmological horizons and the
superluminal expansion of the universe", 2004, Publications of the Astronomical Society
of Australia, 21, 97-109;
- G.F.R. Ellis and T. Rothman, "Lost horizons",
Am. J. Phys. 61, pp. 883-893 (1993), DOI:10.1119/1.17400;
- Michael Rauch, "Comments on ‘‘Lost Horizons’’ by G. F. R. Ellis
and T. Rothman ", [Am. J. Phys. 61 (10), 883–893 (1993)];
- G.F.R. Ellis and T. Rothman,
"Past light cone shape and refocusing in cosmology, A Response
to Michael Rauch's "Comments on "Lost Horizons""", [Am. J. Phys. 63, 87 (1995)];
- M. A. Abramowicz, S. Bajtlik, Jean-Pierre Lasota, A. Moudenshttp,
"Eppur si espande", 2007,
Acta Astr., 57, 139,
"A short answer to critics of
our article "Eppur si espande" [arXiv:astro-ph/0612155]", 2008,
M. Abramowicz and S. Bajtlik, "A jednak się rozszerza!", Świat Nauki, 2 (181), 2007;
- Yu. V. Baryshev, "Expanding Space:
The Root of Conceptual Problems of the Cosmological Physics", 2008;
- J. P. Kneller1 and G. Steigman,
"BBN For Pedestrians", New Journal of Physics, 6 (2004) 117;
- S. Perlmutter,
"Supernovae, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe", Physics Today, April 2003;
- R. Baierlein,
"The elusive chemical potential", American Journal of Physics, Vol. 69, Issue 4, 423;
- D. Lyth,
" Particle physics models of inflation", Lect.Notes Phys.738:81-118, 2008.
- A. Linde,
" Inflationary Cosmology ", Lect.Notes Phys.738:1-54, 2008;
- Ned Wright's Cosmology Tutorial;
- Supernova Cosmology Project;
Lecture notes :
- The Observed Universe
© 2008 by Bohdan
Grządkowski. All copyrights reserved for all original material
presented in this course through any medium, including lecture or