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Syllabus of the course: Observational Cosmology

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Observational Cosmology, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorI. Papadakis
ProgramMonday, 15:00-17:00, Room 2
Tuesday, 11:00-13:00, Room 2
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to third and fourth year students who wish to expend their knowledge in topics of cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics. It is recommended that the students have successfully attended the courses Astrophysics I and II (Φ-230, Φ-331) as well as course on Modern Physics (ie Φ-201).
SyllabusElements of the Universe: Mass, radiation, cosmological principle, the expansion of the universe, methods of measurement
Cosmological models. The Friedmann equation
Relativistic Universe: Density, Omega and deceleration q0. Solving the Friedmannn equations
The Hubble constant and how to measure it. Measurements of q0 and their implication.
The cosmological constant, solving the Friedmann equations with Λ > 0. Determining the values of Ω0, ΩΛ, ΩΜ
The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) and its origin. Anisotropies of the CMB and the measurements of WMAP
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and the formation of light elements. The standard model and open problems.
BibliographyLiddle, ”An Introduction to Modern Cosmology”, John Wiley & Sons (2003)
”An Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology”, edited by M. H. Jones & R. J. A. lambourne, Cambridge University Press (2004).
M. Rowan-Robinson, ”Cosmology”, Claredon Press (1996).
B. W. Carroll & D. Ostlie, ”An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics”, Addison Wesley (2006)

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