Winter Semester 2017/18

Cosmology and Large-Scale Structure


When and where

Wednesdays 12:00 - 14:00 c.t. from 18.10.2017 to 9.2.2018, USM, Hörsaal, Scheinerstr. 1

Lecture notes


Lecture 1: 18.10.: Overview + The smooth, expanding universe I
Lecture 2:
25.10.: The smooth, expanding universe II
Lecture 3:
8.11.: The smooth, expanding universe III
Lecture 4:
15.11.: The early universe and inflation I
Lecture 5:
22.11.: The early universe and inflation II
Lecture 6:
29.11.: Thermal history, nucleosynthesis, recombination
Lecture 7:
6.12.: The inhomogeneous universe - perturbations I
Lecture 8:
13.12.: The inhomogeneous universe - perturbations II
Lecture 9:
20.12.: The CMB I
Lecture 10:
10.1.: The CMB II
Lecture 11:
17.1.: The large-scale structure
Lecture 12:
24.1.: Non-linear structure collapse and galaxy clusters
Lecture 13:
31.1.: Weak lensing
Lecture 14:
7.2.: No lecture


Tutorials

  • Group 1: Wednesday, 10:00, USM, Villa seminar room, Scheinerstr. 1 / Laplacestr. 16
  • Group 2: Wednesday, 14:00, USM, Seminarraum, Scheinerstr. 1

Exercise sets

(By Nico Hamaus, Matteo Costanzi, Ben Hoyle)

Exercise set 1 Issued 25.10. due 8.11.
Exercise set 2 Issued 8.11. due 15.11.
Exercise set 3 Issued 15.11. due 22.11.




References



I use the following books and sources:
  • S. Dodelson: Modern Cosmology, Academic Press (2003)
  • D. Baumann, Lecture Notes, available here: http://cosmology.amsterdam/education/cosmology/
  • M. S. Longair: Galaxy Formation, Second Edition, Springer (2008)
  • J. A. Peacock: Cosmological Physics. Cambridge University Press (1998)
  • E. Kolb and M. Turner, The Early Universe, Addison-Wesley (1990)




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Summer Semester 2017

Essentials of Advanced Astrophysics (Grundlagen der fortgeschrittenen Astrophysik) (Istituzioni di Astrofisica)


When and where

Thursdays 14:00 - 15:30 s.t. from 27.4.2017 to 27.7.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 s.t. from 2.5.2017 to 25.7.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537

I teach the first part of the course, while PD Dr. Roberto P. Saglia is in charge of the second part.

Lecture notes

(Based on the original by Professor Ralf Bender)

Chapter 1: Overview & limiting factors, 27.4.2017
Chapter 2: The stars: basic observations, 2.5.2017
Chapter 3: The interaction of light and matter, 4.5.2017 and 9.5.2017
Chapter 4: Stellar structure, 11.5.2017 and 16.5.2017
Chapter 5: Stellar evolution, 18.5.2017, 23.5.2017 and 30.5.2017
Chapter 6: Interstellar medium, and the formation of stars and planets, 1.6.2017, 6.6.2017
Chapter 7: Galaxies
Chapter 8: Spiral galaxies
Chapter 9: Elliptical galaxies
Chapter 10: Dwarf galaxies
Chapter 11: Active galaxies
Chapter 12: Large-scale structure
Chapter 13: The homogeneous universe
Chapter 14: Early universe
Chapter 15: Structure formation 1



(The schedule could still change if needed.)

If you find any typos or have comments, please let me know.

References

I am mostly following this book:
  • Carroll & Ostlie, An introduction to modern astrophysics, second edition, Pearson, 2007
A much abridged, but intuitive, and insightful text I also strongly recommend is this:
  • Maoz, Astrophysics in a nutshell, Princeton, 2007 (second edition published in 2016: only in this edition will you find the up-to-date, useful, chapter on exoplanets)

For each topic discussed in the course, there are of course more specialised texts that contain useful in-depth information. Books I found useful so far include:
  • Rybicki & Lightman, Radiative processes in astrophysics, Wiley, 1979, revised version 2004
  • Pradhan & Nahar, Atomic astrophysics and spectroscopy, Cambridge, 2011
  • Kippenham & Weigert, Stellar structure and evolution, Springer, 1990, revised version 1994, second edition 2012
  • Dopita & Sutherland, Astrophysics of the diffuse universe, Springer, 2003
  • Padmanabhan, Theoretical astrophysics (in three volumes), Cambridge, 2001



Tutorials

  • Group 1: Tuesday 12:00 - 13:30 Seminar room USM Laplacestr. (after the lecture)
  • Group 2: Wednesday 14:00-15:30 Seminar room USM Laplacestr.

Exercise sets

(By Mihael Kodric and Miwa Goto)

See here.



Winter Semester 2016/17

Essentials of Advanced Astrophysics (Grundlagen der fortgeschrittenen Astrophysik) (Istituzioni di Astrofisica)


When and where

Thursdays 14:00 - 15:30 s.t. from 20.10.2016 to 9.2.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30 s.t. from 25.10.2016 to 7.2.2017, Schellingstr. 4 - H 537

I teach the first part of the course, while Professor Jochen Weller is in charge of the second part.

Lecture notes

(Based on the original by Professor Ralf Bender)

Chapter 1: Overview & limiting factors, 20.10.2016
Chapter 2: The stars: basic observations, 25.10.2016
Chapter 3: The interaction of light and matter, 25.10.2016 and 3.11.2016
Chapter 4: Stellar structure, 8.11.2016 and 10.11.2016
Chapter 5: Stellar evolution, 15.11.2016, 17.11.2016 and 22.11.2016
Chapter 6: Interstellar medium, and the formation of stars and planets, 24.11.2016 and 29.11.2016

(The schedule could still change if needed.)

If you find any typos or have comments, please let me know.

References

I am mostly following this book:
  • Carroll & Ostlie, An introduction to modern astrophysics, second edition, Pearson, 2007
A much abridged, but intuitive, and insightful text I also strongly recommend is this:
  • Maoz, Astrophysics in a nutshell, Princeton, 2007 (second edition published in 2016: only in this edition will you find the up-to-date, useful, chapter on exoplanets)

For each topic discussed in the course, there are of course more specialised texts that contain useful in-depth information. Books I found useful so far include:
  • Rybicki & Lightman, Radiative processes in astrophysics, Wiley, 1979, revised version 2004
  • Pradhan & Nahar, Atomic astrophysics and spectroscopy, Cambridge, 2011
  • Kippenham & Weigert, Stellar structure and evolution, Springer, 1990, revised version 1994, second edition 2012
  • Dopita & Sutherland, Astrophysics of the diffuse universe, Springer, 2003
  • Padmanabhan, Theoretical astrophysics (in three volumes), Cambridge, 2001



Tutorials

  • Group 1: Monday 16:00 to 18:00 in Theresienstr. 27, Room A 027, München.
  • Group 2: Thursday 16:00 to 18:00 in the USM lecture room, Scheinerstr. 1, München.

Exercise sets

(By Nico Hamaus and Matteo Costanzi)

Problem set 1: Due the week starting 24.10.2016;
Problem set 2: Due 3.11.2016;
Problem set 3: Due 10.11.2016;
Problem set 4: Due 17.11.2016;
Problem set 5: Due 24.11.2016;
Problem set 6: Due 1.12.2016;
Problem set 7: Due 8.12.2016;