Masters Level Lectures & Exercises WS 2012/13

Thursday 14:15-16:00 Lectures, 16:00-17:00 Exercises

Lecturers: Simon Glover ( and Hans-Walter Rix ( 

Tutor: Laszlo Szucs

Location: Philosophenweg 12, nHS, Seminarraum


  • Homogeneous and isotropic cosmology (4): Friedmann-Lemaître models, geometry, redshift and dynamics; parameters, distance measures and ages; thermal evolution, freezing out of reactions; primordial nucleo-synthesis and recombination
  • Inhomogeneities in the universe (5): Evolution of density and velocity perturbations; power spectra, Zel’dovich approximation and nonlinear evolution; spherical collapse model and extended Press-Schechter formalism
  • Early universe (3): Structures in the Cosmic Microwave Background, simplified theory, power spectrum and interpretation; basics of cosmic inflation; accelerated expansion, dark energy and possible cosmological effects
  • Late universe (3): Structures in the evolved universe; large scale gas and galaxy distribution, power spectrum and interpretation; gravitational lenses, cosmic shearing and amplification; evolution of the galaxy cluster population


Detailed presentation of the cosmological standard model, the cosmological evolution and structure formation for students with special interest in astronomy and astrophysics, in particle astrophysics and in theoretical physics

Grades and credit points on the basis of homework assignments and final in-class exam.

Script "Cosmology" Matthias Bartelmann

Cosmology Lecture 2011/12 with C. Dullemond

The exercises will entail some programmng; please bring a laptop if possible.


October 18, 2012 Introduction to Cosmology [HWR]

October 25, 2012 Geometry and Dynamics [HWR]

November 8, 2012 Parameters, Age, and Distances [HWR]

November 15, 2012 Thermal Evolution [HWR]

November 22, 2012 Recombination and Nucleosynthesys [HWR]

November 29, 2012 Growth of Perturbations [HWR]

December 6, 2012 Statistics and Non-Linear Evolution [HWR]

December 13, 2012 Spherical Collapse [HWR]

December 20, 2012 Halo Formation as a Random Walk [SG]

January 10, 2013 Structures in the Cosmic Microwave Background [SG]

January 17, 2013 Cosmological Inflation [SG]

January 24, 2013 Dark Energy [SG]

January 31, 2013 Galaxies and Gas [SG]
February 7, 2013 Gravitational Lensing [SG]
February 14, 2013 In-Class Exam
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