This lecture gives an introduction to the physics of the early universe and its evolution, as well as high-energy phenomena in the universe today.
The lecture is mainly intended for Master and PhD students but everybody else is of course also warmly welcome to join. Some
background knowledge in general relativity and quantum field theory/particle physics will be of advantage, but not necessary to follow the lecture.
The lecture will be given in English/German (TB, on demand) and English (AM), respectively. Assuming
successful participation in the exercises and passing the final exam, 8 LP (Leistungspunkte, credit points) will be awarded.
Where and when?
Jungiusstraße 9, Hörsaal III
Lecture: Wednesday, 10.15 - 11.45 am and Friday, 10.15 - 11.45 am
Exercises: Friday, 12.00 am - 1.30 pm (SemRm 1)
4. 4. - 20.4. [TB]:
Introduction to cosmology (basic ideas & observations)
Special & general relativity (basic concepts)
Friedmann equations, Big Bang & exapnsion of the universe
25. 4. - 4.5. [AM]: [supplementary slides]
Introduction to the standard model
9. 5. - 18.5. [TB]: [supplementary slides]
Thermal history: From BBN to CMB
23. 5. - 25.5. [AM]: [supplementary slides]
Introduction to neutrino masses
6. 6. - 15.6. [TB]: [supplementary slidesslides>]
20. 6. - 13.7. [AM]:
Neutrinos in cosmology
Cosmic ray physics
L. Bergström & A. Goobar, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Springer (2006).
E. Kolb & M. Turner, The Early Universe, Westview Press (1994).
S. Weinberg, Cosmology, Oxford university press (2008).
Halzen & Martin, Quark & Leptons: an introduction in modern particle physics
Peskin & Schroeder, Introduction to QFT
Fukugita & Yanagida, Physics of Neutrinos
Giunti & Kim, Fundamentals of Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
More specific references
will be provided during the corresponding classes
Any further questions? Just let us know:
"Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson
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