Observational Cosmology

Astronomie 6935 / astro845 (Elective)

Sommersemester 2017
(Vorlesungzeit 20.4 - 27.7.2016)

Prof. Dr. Cristiano Porciani (porciani@astro.uni-bonn.de)
Dr. Kaustuv moni Basu  (kbasu@astro.uni-bonn.de)



Lectures: Thursdays 13:00 - 15:00
Location: University Lecture room 0.012
For term nos.: 4 and up
Hours per week: 2
Tutor:
Enrico Garaldi (egaraldi@astro.uni-bonn.de); Jens Erler (jens@astro.uni-bonn.de)

Prerequisites: Some basic concepts of cosmology and astrophysics

Contents: This class provides an overview of current and future experimental efforts aimed at improving our understanding of the universe, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy. After briefly reviewing the current standard cosmological model, we will focus on the motivations, techniques and aims of the leading experiments in the field.


Schedule

Date   
Lecturer  
Topic                                                      
Slides          
Exercises
      
 Due
20.4 CP
Introduction + cosmology basics PDF
ex1


27.4 CP
Estimation theory + Bayesian statistics
PDF
ex2


04.5 CP
Markov Chain Monte Carlo method + applications
PDF










11.5 KB
Cosmic Microwave Background: thermal (blackbody) spectrum + temperature anisotropies
PDF (v2)



18.5 KB
Cosmology with CMB power spectrum + polarization PDF (v2)
ex3


25.5
Holiday (Christi Himmelfahrt)



01.6 KB CMB data analysis/Introduction to galaxy clusters
PDF










08.6
Holiday (Pfingsten)



15.6
Holiday (Fronleichnam)



22.6 KB Galaxy clusters: intra-cluster medium + X-ray & SZ observations + scaling relations
PDF
ex4









29.6 CP Galaxy spectra + optical surveys + baryonic acoustic oscillations PDF
ex5


06.7 CP Photometric surveys + dark energy probes PDF
ex6









13.7 KB Galaxy clusters optical and radio observations
PDF


20.7 EG Cosmic history of reionization
PDF
ex7









27.7
ORAL EXAM






Exercise classes will be held on Fridays, 10:00 (??), at room 0.005

Date Tutor Exercise sheet





















References:
Books
Modern Cosmology (Dodelson)
Cosmological Physics (Peacock)
Galaxy Formation (Longair)
X-ray Emission from Clusters of Galaxies (Sarazin)  (available online)


Review articles:
CMB: a Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists (Samtleben et al. 2007)  (PDF)
Tracing Cosmic Evolution with Clusters of Galaxies (G. Mark Voit 2005)  (PDF)
Observational Probes of Cosmic Acceleration (Weinberg et al. 2013) (PDF)



Others
Report from the US Dark Energy Task Force  (PDF)