Prerequisites: "C-" or better in ((PHYS 3060 OR PHYS 4070 OR PHYS 4080 OR PHYS 4090 OR ASTR 3060 OR ASTR 4070 OR ASTR 4080 OR ASTR 4090) AND PHYS 3740 AND (MATH 3150 OR MATH 3140 OR MATH 5440)) OR Graduate status in Physics/Astronomy.
A core course intended for graduate students of Physics & Astronomy. The course explores the theory and observational evidence of modern cosmology. Includes brief reviews of general relativity and other background physics and mathematics required to understand cosmology. The course will talk about basic equations describing the universe, the expansion and age of the universe, dark matter and dark energy, the thermal history of the universe, the origin of the light elements, and the blackbody spectra of the cosmic microwave background. The course will also cover topics about the origin of structures in the universe, including cosmological density field, growth of density perturbation, inflation, anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background, galaxy formation, and cosmic reionization. Finally contemporary observational techniques to constrain cosmological parameters will be discussed.