Astronomy 627: COSMOLOGY
Bob Joseph -- Spring 2002
Textbook: M. S. Longair, Galaxy Formation, Springer,
J. E. Gunn, M. S. Longair, M. J. Rees, Observational
Cosmology, Saas-Fee Lectures, 1978.
E. W. Kolb & M. S. Turner, The Early Universe,
J. V. Narlikar, Introduction to Cosmology, Cambridge Univ
J. D. North, The Measure of the Universe, Dover paperback
reprint 1990 of the original 1965 edition from Oxford Univ Press.
J. A. Peacock, Cosmological Physics, Cambridge Univ Press,
P. J. E. Peebles, Physical Cosmology, Princeton Univ Press,
P. J. E. Peebles, The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe,
Princeton Univ Press, 1980.
P. J. E. Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology, Princeton
Univ Press, 1993.
M. Rowan-Robinson, Cosmology, 3rd edn., Oxford Univ Press,
There are several good articles in the current issue of Annual
Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 39, 2001, as
well as in past issues. Some which are particularly relevant
S. E. Carroll, W. H. Press,
& E. L. Turner, 1992. "The Cosmological Constant," Ann.
Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 30, 499.
J. V. Narlikar & T.
Padmanabhan, "Standard Cosmology and Alternatives: A Critical
Appraisal," Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 39, 211.
J. V. Narlikar & T.
Padmanabhan, "Inflation for Astronomers," Ann. Rev. Astron.
Astrophys., 29, 325.
M. White, D. Scott, &
J. Silk, "Anisotropies in the Cosmic Microwave Background,"
Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys., 32, 319.
Course grading scheme.
There will be one homework a week, and these will count for about
60% of the total mark. There will be one mid-term and one final
exam, and each will count 20% of the total mark.
Style of the course
My major aim in the course is that students understand the
material we cover. How much material is covered and to what
depth is secondary to a secure level of comprehension. This is a
course in astrophysical cosmology in the sense that we are
interested in the physics that takes place in the large-scale
Universe, and we are not restricting merely to development of the
classical world models. This is one of the most exciting
subjects in natural science, a study in which we investigate some of
the most profound questions one can ask in physical science. It
is a subject in which the physics of the very small, particle physics
at >1015 GeV, is intimately connected with the physics of the
largest scales in the Universe. However, we will not develop GR
or quantum field theory but we will attempt to give a physical sense
of where ideas from these subjects impinge on cosmology. I hope
to have organized a course which provides a fundamental understanding
of cosmological issues for working astronomers.
Introduction and historical review
1 The observational context
The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR)
Clustering properties of galaxies and large-scale structure
Peculiar velocities and deviations from isotropic Hubble flow
Light element abundances
2 The theory of gravitation
Difficulties with Newtonian gravitation
Isotropic curved spaces
Review of Special relativity, 4-vectors, covariant formulation of
The fundamental assumptions of General Relativity (GR)
Outline of the program of GR
The Einstein field equations
3 The "standard" cosmological models
The Robertson-Walker metric
Measurements of distances, luminosities, angular sizes, etc. in the
The Friedman models of classical cosmology
Observational tests of the Friedman models
The Anthropic Principle and Dirac's large numbers
4 Thermal history of the Universe.
The epoch of "recombination"
Fluctuations in the surface of last scattering
5 Big-Bang Nucleosynthesis
Nuclear statistical equilibrium in the early Universe
Synthesis of the light elements
Measurements of primordial light element abundances
Baryon and lepton asymmetry in the early Universe
6 Inflationary cosmology
Puzzles of expansion, flatness, horizon
Equation of state for inflation
Fluctuation spectrum emerging from the inflationary epoch
Critique of inflationary models
7 Galaxy formation
Growth of density perturbations in Friedman models
Adiabatic and isothermal fluctuations in baryonic matter
Growth of fluctuations and damping processes in non-baryonic
Hot dark matter models
Cold dark matter models
Comparison of measured clustering spectra with model predictions
Peculiar velocity fields
8 The Post-Recombination Universe
8a Fluctuations in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Gravitational, adiabatic, and Doppler perturbations
Multipole expansion of temperature fluctuations
Interpretation of angular structure in the CMBR
Re-heating of the intergalactic gas
Observations of CMBR anisotropies
8b Evolution of galaxies
Non-linear collapse of density perturbations
Press-Schechter description of hierarchical clustering
Source counts for various classes of galaxies
Background radiation due to various classes of galaxies
8c Evolution of star formation rates and element abundances
Counts of star-forming galaxies out to large redshifts
Cosmic chemical evolution
Joshua E. Barnes
Last modified: April 23, 2002